After not running his 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, senior LB C.J. Mosley ran for scouts and head coaches on Wednesday at Alabama's pro day. He clocked times in the 4.65-4.72 range and also looked “fluid” and “loose” in positional drills, according to those in Tuscaloosa for the workout.
Mosley ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 1 ILB in the 2014 NFL Draft and has been a mainstay in mock drafts dating back to the summer. He said he made the “right decision” by not running at the Combine due to a sore hip and knee and waiting until Wednesday's pro day, but his injury history is what could keep him out of the top-20 picks on draft weekend.
Junior OT Cyrus Kouandjio, who was also red-flagged with injury concerns at the NFL Combine according to reports, decided not to run to try and improve his 5.59 40-yard dash time from Indianapolis, but does plan to hold his own work out on April 8. He spoke to the media and downplayed the notion that his surgically repaired left knee is a long-term concern.
“I'm not the type of guy to get frustrated over matters that are out of my control,” said Kouandjio. “All of these coaches know that there's nothing wrong with my knee.”
And Alabama's head coach Nick Saban backed up Kouandjio's claims.
“The teams we talked to, I can't find anybody that failed the guy on a physical,” Saban said. “If you don't understand how people grade players in terms of NFL medical grades, it's not pass-fail. There are usually five categories that a guy falls in, and if you don't understand it you shouldn't be writing about it, because he didn't really fail.”
Other notes from Alabama's pro day:
- Junior FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who could be the first defensive back drafted in May, stood on his times from the NFL Combine, but did perform positional drills for scouts. He ran a 4.58 in Indianapolis with a 33-inch vertical jump, 4.16 short shuttle and 7.16 3-cone drill.
- Senior WR Kevin Norwood had a productive senior season and kept that momentum going at the NFL Combine, running a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash, and again on Wednesday. He rested on his numbers from last month, but looked excellent in positional drills, plucking the ball away from his frame and looking smooth in his cuts. Norwood caught passes from senior QB A.J. McCarron who threw for scouts and looked “good, but not great” according to one scout – which might sum up how many around the league feel about his prospects at the next level.
- Junior OLB Adrian Hubbard, who was seen chatting with Philadelphia Eagles' head coach Chip Kelly, also stood on his numbers from the NFL Combine, but he went through positional drills and helped himself. After an average performance at the Senior Bowl and Combine, he needed a strong pro day for his final audition in front of NFL teams.