Draft Profile Series: C.J. Mosley
- Updated: April 27, 2014
As we approach the deepest NFL Draft in recent memory, I’ll give my breakdown and analysis of 75 top prospects in this year’s class. At the conclusion of this series, I will include my final overall and positional rankings, as well as my mock draft.
C.J. Mosley, LB, 6-2, 234, Alabama
Key stats: In the past two seasons had: 215 tackles, 2 interceptions and 9 passes defensed.
Strengths: Mosley is a leader on the field, who is intelligent, and displays elite instincts for the position. … He is very versatile and has very few weaknesses. … Can tackle, blitz and cover. … Consistently beats blockers to the point of attack, and diagnoses plays as if he were in the offensive huddle. … Dives into creases to make stops behind the line. … Scrapes and finishes. … A very solid tackler. … Able to covers the deep middle in pass defense. … Takes good angles in the pass game. … Has very good hands, and is solid in man and zone coverage. … Is NFL ready.
Weaknesses: Durability is a concern. … He’s had a dislocated hip and elbow as well as shoulder surgery. … Mosley is a little light and could use some muscle and strength to both his lower and upper body to handle the rigors of being an NFL linebacker. … Has some trouble being overpowered if fullbacks or linemen get out on him and lock him up.
Conclusion: Injury is the only thing that could keep Mosley from being a star in the NFL. … When you combine physical talent with tremendous instincts, you get an impact player. … Three-down linebackers are not easy to find … and Mosley is certainly one of them. … Could remain in the middle or move to the weak side. Either way, he should find his way into the starting lineup in his career.
NFL comparison: Sean Lee/Lavonte David.
Draft projection: First round.