Mosley's awareness and reliable open-field tackling skills make him an easy projection to the NFL but, like a lot of Alabama players, his checkered medical history could lead to a slight slip on draft day. It is hard to imagine him slipping past a Saints' squad begging for front seven defenders to capitalize on their gifted secondary.
A couple of good linebackers to choose from at this point in the draft. Mosley can line up at a number of spots in Dom Capers' package and be effective. Last week it was Ryan Shazier at this spot and it might very well be him again before May.
STRENGTHS: Mosley does a nice job using his length and lower body fluidity to keep himself clean through a crowd and finishes at the ball, wrapping and driving through his target. He is very smart and keeps his eyes on the ball to track and attack and rarely makes mental mistakes, which is a result of his high football IQ and preparation skills.
WEAKNESSES: Isn't always fundamentally consistent as a tackler, at times opting to throw himself at his target or drop his head on contact. Missed time in 2011 with a dislocated elbow.
COMPARES TO: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Like David, Mosley's combination of toughness, elite instincts and superb athleticism offer the versatility of lining up inside or out, and have enabled him to be one of the nation's top all-around linebackers.
The leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly thought of among the scouting community and could end up as a top 10 pick in May. Mosley is as well-rounded and disciplined a linebacker as this draft class has to offer.
His 107 tackles in 2012 were the second-highest total by an Alabama linebacker in the past 25 years (DeMeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) and 48 more than the next Tide defender last season (fellow inside linebacker Trey DePriest). Mosley also recorded eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.
Tough and athletic, with the keenest instincts of any linebacker I've scouted since Lofa Tatupu, Mosley is constantly around the ball and is often making big plays as a result. (11/14/13)
04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Patriots' draft radar: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Once thought to be impossible that he could still be on the board in the late first round, Mosley has been dinged throughout the draft process with injuries, something that could make him available with the Patriots' 29th pick. He was an extension of Nick Saban on the football field at Alabama with his unwavering intensity and overall instincts and intelligence to know what the offense wanted to do before the ball was snapped. Mosley is outstanding in pass coverage, which is an area of need right now in New England, and he has the versatile skill set to play inside or outside. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com