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Scouts Inc. backs Smith on pick

Posted Jun 7, 2011

The Chargers created some discussion by selecting Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. A service employed by ESPN took a second look at Mouton’s college video and voiced confidence in San Diego’s pick.

SAN DIEGO – General Manager A.J. Smith and the Chargers staff don’t rely on the media or outside analysts when putting together their pre-draft player evaluations.

If asked a question about such analysts’ projections, Smith likely will answer with some variation of, ‘We’ve done our homework. We trust our process. It doesn’t matter to us where others rank players.’

Therefore, the Chargers won’t raise an eyebrow at Scouts Inc.’s revision of its pre-draft analysis regarding second-round pick Jonas Mouton. But the report does give a vote of confidence to Smith regarding the widely-discussed draft choice.

San Diego selected the 6-foot-1, 239-pound Michigan linebacker to play on the inside, while several analysts thought he’d be taken as an outside linebacker. Scouts Inc.’s Steve Muench did not have Mouton rated as an early-round pick before the draft but reviewed video of the linebacker again after the Chargers selected him.

“We missed on (Mouton),” Muench told ESPN.com. “… it wouldn’t be fair to say it was a big reach.”

Mouton led the Big Ten in tackles with 117 in 2010.

“I think he is a guy who can be a contributor,” Munech said. “He has good instincts and he’s a good tackler … We can see what the Chargers liked in him.”

RUNNING TO CURE HD: About a dozen people competed in Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to raise money for Huntington’s Disease research, including Chargers director of public relations Bill Johnston and his daughter Hayley.

The group, part of the San Diego chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, a non-profit, collected about $45,000 in donations.

The 10th-annual Qualcomm Shoot to Cure HD, presented by Cymer and Viejas, raised almost $70,000 for the same cause. The event drew several hundred people to Chargers Park on Friday.

REFERENCED OFTEN: The late Don Coryell, legendary former coach of the Chargers and Aztecs, continues to get mentioned by prominent sports media.

Coryell, a Hall of Fame finalist in ’10, did not advance to the final vote in 2011 despite a groundswell of support from other Hall of Famers like John Madden and Dan Fouts.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King became the latest to reference Coryell. King, recommending several books for Father’s Day in his weekly column, reviews Tim Layden’s “Blood, Sweat and Chalk. The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today’s Game.”

“Layden extols the virtues of Don Coryell as perhaps the most influential coach in pro football history, because it’s he who was most influential in installing the downfield passing game we see everywhere today,” King wrote.
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