C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama (HT: 6'2" WT: 234 lbs)
First Round: 17th Pick
NFL Comparison: Lavonte David, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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- Pairs athletic upside with developed technique.
- Light feet in space with impressive change-of-direction ability.
- Accelerates to close with significant burst.
- Fluids hips to turn and run with recovery speed to play man coverage up the seam.
- Instinctive ability to sink underneath intermediate routes and into passing lanes.
- Lets the eyes of the quarterback take him to plays in underneath zone coverage.
- Satisfactory length to play the ball in the air.
- Disciplined working laterally with sudden feet to react and fit the run quickly.
- Picks his way through traffic in the box, staying light on his feet and using his hands.
- Maneuvers around blocks with fine flexibility and balance.
- Pursues to the perimeter from inside out, disciplined to not overrun.
- Adequate long speed to make plays at the sidelines.
- No qualms about coming forward to meet a fullback head-on.
- Technical tackler who sinks and drives his hips through ball-carriers while wrapping.
- Will deliver a big hit to a ball-carrier or receiver who leaves himself exposed.
- High-motor pursuer of the ball who gets home at a high rate.
- Model of consistency, the same player week in and week out.
- Developed linebacker with a diversified skill set.
- Lean frame from top to bottom.
- Read-and-react skills are merely average.
- Can freeze up reading his keys and hesitate on occasion.
- Uses his hands extensively in coverage, will take adjusting to NFL rules.
- Doesn’t always play with head on a swivel in zone coverage and can be slow to pick up routes.
- Imprecise blitzer, doesn’t find space instinctively.
- Lack of power limits effectiveness as a blitzer.
- Stone hands when trying to intercept, track record of dropped interceptions.
- Doesn’t assert himself with power against blockers, is usually overmatched physically.
- Little power comes from his upper body despite skilled usage of his hands.
- Extensive injury history.
- A 4-star prospect as a recruit in class of 2010, ranked 99th in ESPN 150.
- 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
- 2013 Butkus Award winner.
- 2012 and 2013 consensus first-team All-American.
- Declined invitation to the Senior Bowl despite full health.
- Laundry list of injuries to his record, including a dislocated hip and dislocated elbow.
The lack of NFL success from recent Alabama defenders shouldn’t scare teams off from Mosley as long as his medical exams come back with a passing grade.
Mosley is a true three-down linebacker, which is a must in today’s NFL. His athleticism, football instincts and versatile skill set make him the type of linebacker who can have an impact on a down-by-down basis. Mosley may be most suited as an outside linebacker in a 4-3, but he’s not a bad fit for the inside of a 4-3 or 3-4 and will certainly factor into any team’s nickel package.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
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