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Andy Mulumba 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: Packers fans did not expect to hear the name “Andy Mulumba”  as one of their defensive starters during the 2013 season.  Mulumba was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan.  He was likely initially signed as depth and not much more and he was by no means a lock to even make the roster going into training camp.  Thanks to injuries that decimated the Packers at the linebacker position, Mulumba was called upon in 14 games and started three.

2) Profile: Andy Mulumba

  • Age: 23
  • Born: 01/31/1990 in Luputa, Congo
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 260
  • College: Eastern Michigan
  • Rookie Year: 2013
  • NFL Experience: 1 year
  • Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: Signed as an undrafted free agent, there was absolutely no guarantee Mulumba would even make the roster.  With Clay Matthews and Nick Perry set as the Packers’ two outside linebackers, Mulumba’s addition was strictly for depth and that’s about it.  Not many expected Mulumba to make the team, let alone play a role in the season.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Well, the earliest highlight for Mulumba was just making the team thanks to a strong showing in the preseason.   He also had a key fumble recovery in the tie against the Minnesota Vikings and recorded a crucial sack in the see saw battle in the Week 17 matchup against the Chicago Bears that the Packers won to clinch the NFC North title.  His lowlight, like much of the Packers’ defense, is in failing to generate a pass rush and letting Colin Kaepernick make critical runs in the postseason defeat to the San Francisco 49ers.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Since Mulumba was not expected to contribute anything on the field this season, he definitely exceeded a lot of expectations.  He was basically thrown into the fire due to injuries and held his own in the least ideal of circumstances for an undrafted rookie.  He played solid in coverage when needed but struggled in run defense and as a pass rusher.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Mulumba had one assisted tackle during the playoff loss to the 49ers.  He was part of a linebacker unit that could not contain Kaepernick in crucial situations

Season Report Card:

(C) Level of expectations met during the season

(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(D) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade: C-

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Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke

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13 Responses to “Andy Mulumba 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card”

  1. Gary says:

    Kris, there is a problem with your Nick perry post. It shows up fine on the home page but when I click on it I get an error 404.
    As for Andy Mulumba I thought he played very well under the circumstances. He should not have had to play in the playoff game with his bad leg he could hardly even run. I look forward to next season Andy may be another diamond in the rough.

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  2. Dobber says:

    We have this discussion on these grades very often, but a guy from whom nothing more than ST activity (if even that) was expected this season who stepped in and contributed at times of need should be exceeding expectations, no?

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  3. Archie says:

    Just watching him in games he showed improvement throughout season and looked like he could be a real player in another year or two, possible starter quality. I liked DEZ Moses and the other OLB from da UP but I like this guy better. Solid pick-up in UDFA.

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  4. Hank Scorpio says:

    One thing going for Mulumba to break the Zombo/So’Oto/Moses jinx will be a new OLB coach. Maybe we’ll finally see some player development from the position group. Which can only work out to Mulumba’s benefit.

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  5. Savage57 says:

    The criticism of his play against Kaepernick is either a case of forgetfulness or malice. He was truly ‘the last man standing’ and only on one good leg. How was he supposed to corral a guy that the rest of the team on two good ones couldn’t take down.

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  6. Razer says:

    Let’s see what year two brings for Mulumba. It is too bad that guys like Mulumba, Perry and Mike Neal aren’t natural linebackers. Nothing like having big, strong, fast and aggressive guys playing LB. Other than a safety, it is what this team needs.

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  7. Bill says:

    Excellent post on Mulumba. I think he will be a key piece in Dom Capers defense as it slowly evolves into a hybrid 3-4/4-3 defense. All the Caper haters will be eating crow if TT can find some key players to make it happen.

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    • Nick Perry says:

      Of course Capers defense would be better if TT finds “Some key pieces”. If Ted can find a Safety, ILB, NT, keeps Shields, and Matthews and Perry can play even 14 games were well on our way.

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  8. Since '61 says:

    Hopefully our starting OLBs will remain healthy next season and Malumba will not be needed except for special teams. He played hard but was bad against the run and he did not seem capable of getting off blocks. At this point he is Ok for Special Teams and may develop into a decent backup and for playing time in mop up situations. Thanks, Since ’61

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  9. larry valdes says:

    Like him a lot next year he will be a starer was hit in the knee illigaly by ot stanley play the rest of the game on one leg.

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  10. I may be irrational, but I really think Mulumba can be the next UDFA gem. Time will tell.

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