04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 4/131 - Brandon Mosley, OT, 6-5, 318, Auburn...A right tackle prospect who is likely a year away from having a significant role in the pros given his limited experience at the college level. - The Sports Xchange
NFL scouts are always looking for late-blooming athletes with the potential to get much better. In Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley, they might have a raw athlete capable of one day developing into a legitimate NFL starter.
Mosley was relatively lightly recruited out of high school but wound up signing on with Coffeyville [Kansas] Community College, one of the top junior college programs in the country. He initially lined up at defensive end before making the switch to tight end (his primary position in high school). He signed with Auburn as a tight end.
However, upon signing with Auburn, the Tigers' coaching staff asked him to gain weight and move to the offensive line. Quickly taking to the position, Mosley surprisingly leapt another JUCO-transfer Roszell Gayden, who had garnered higher praise upon signing. Mosley saw action in 14 games in his first season in the program, starting the final 11 contests (including the BCS Championship) consecutively. Mosley showed enough promise at right tackle in 2010 that he was asked to take over for Lee Ziemba (Carolina Panthers' 7th round pick) at left tackle in 2011. The experiment didn't last long as Mosely doesn't possess the footwork to handle the blindside. He also struggled with power, at times, when moved back to the right side.
While undeniably raw, scouts won't lose sight of the fact that Mosley maintained good initial quickness despite adding weight and stepped into the country's toughest conference and played well immediately. Considering his long arms, surprisingly powerful base and a tenacious playing style that will endear him to offensive line coaches, don't be surprised if Mosley earns a middle-round grade from some teams despite the fact that he's remains very much a work in progress.
Positives: Eases out of his stance and has a finisher's mentality. Bends his knees, has above-average mobility and keeps his base square to adjust to counters. Awareness is above-average for his limited experience. Sells trap block and can turn to seal. Fluid getting to and adjust at the second level.
Negatives: Raw and might not fit in some schemes, especially early in his career. Aggressiveness can be used against him. Hasn't been consistently tested over multiple seasons against speed rushers and benefitted from a loaded offense -- and few isolated matchups vs. pass rushers -- in 2010.