Going into the 2014 NFL Combine, San Diego State running back Adam Muema was an intriguing prospect with a 40-inch vertical leap and an unofficial 4.57 forty-yard dash time. More importantly, his last two years with the Aztecs were pretty impressive. In 2012, he rushed for 1,458 yards and 16 touchdowns on 237 carries. He followed this up with 1,244 yards and 15 touchdowns on 256 carries in 2013.
Given all of this, some analysts had Muema going as high as the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The lowest estimates were usually in the fifth round due to his smallish (for running backs) 5’10”, 205-pound stature. But thanks to recent developments, it’s almost impossible to see Muema getting drafted at all.
Those around the league were already wondering about his sanity when he left the combine because he was “following God.” Muema later told reporters that God told him it was already a given that he’d be playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Forget the voices in Muema’s head since the thought of him playing for the Seahawks is already crazy enough. They return Marshawn Lynch, capable backup Robert Turbin and heralded first-rounder Chrstine Michael, so it’s highly unlikely that he’d crack this lineup.
Things have gotten even more bizarre lately because Muema was missing for three days after he left the combine. Thankfully, he’s turned up, but the reason why he was missing is because God told him to stay in a Florida airport for three days. Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson, who’d been working out with Muema, explained the matter to the San Diego Union-Tribune, as you can see from the following excerpt:
Adam Muema was found Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, ex-Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson said.
The airport is near the athlete performance facility where they spent the past two months training for the NFL. Muema had been there since Monday, when his Southwest flight from Indianapolis landed at about 1:30 p.m. ET.
Muema called Nelson on Thursday to ask for a ride. When Nelson arrived, he said Muema was still dressed in NFL-issued combine gear. When asked to describe Muema’s demeanor on Thursday, Nelson said the running back seemed “focused, cheerful and very wise.”
“He said he was at the airport for three days straight,” Nelson said. “He was telling me when I picked him up that God told him to stay at the airport and don’t do anything. Just stay there. That’s what he did for three days straight.
“On the fourth day, he told me he couldn’t do it anymore. He decided to call me.”
Not to turn this whole situation into a sacrilegious joke, but there’s a strong chance that God doesn’t want Adam Muema to get drafted with the advice that he’s supposedly been dispensing. It’s not like Muema was a guaranteed first-round pick going into the combine. And now that he’s shown some very irregular behavior as of late, the former San Diego State star will have a very difficult time convincing anybody to draft him.
Maybe some team that’s desperate for a running back will take a seventh-round flier on Mumea…maybe he won’t get drafted and he’ll work his way on to a team with a great preseason. Or, just maybe Muema’s odd decisions will continue and he’ll never see the field in a regular season game.
We’re not wishing the worst upon the 21-year-old. However, he needs to change things around quickly, or he’ll be the new Dimitrius Underwood, who was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. After being drafted by the Vikings and later signing a 5-year, $5.3 million contract, he walked out of training camp saying that his Christian faith and playing football didn’t mix. He later blew an opportunity with the Dolphins after showing little aptitude for the sport. Underwood hit rock bottom when he said he “wasn’t worthy of God” and tried to commit suicide by slashing his neck with a cutlass. Following this incident, he spent several months in a treatment facility.