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2015 NFL DRAFT

C.J. Mosley, ILB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Theodore, AL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 234 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1511

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
---- 359'10"4.407.30
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Chicago Bears | #14
    Given the additions of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young via agency, the Bears are likely to focus on the back seven in the draft. Possessing rare read and react skills and fluidity, Mosley is capable of starring at virtually any of the three linebacker roles in Chicago's 4-3 alignment.
  • New England Patriots | #29
    Good players frequently seem to fall to New England and that's absolutely the case here. Mosley has been dinged due to injuries, but he's so advanced mentally for the position with a strong understanding of his responsibilities.
  • Denver Broncos | #31
    They have to get an inside linebacker and he would be a steal if he falls down here.
  • Minnesota Vikings | #16
    The Vikings get a high pick or two to move down and get the new leader of the defense. They have the firepower to do well in the second round, to grab a safety and a quarterback.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

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.

Rare three-down linebacker. Smart, assignment sound player who was the leader of the Alabama defense. Mosley is outstanding in pass coverage, and he has the versatile skill set to play inside or outside.

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.

--Ron Rang

Player Overview

The leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly thought of among the scouting community - 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 keen instincts, Mosley is constantly around the ball and is often making big plays as a result.

An underrated impact player perhaps because inside linebackers are thought to be devalued in today's NFL, although they are keys to three of the best defenses in the league -- Seattle, San Franscisco and Carolina. Mosley is a must-draft, mobile mass of natural football genius who has no negatives and works full speed, full time. He is even a blocker on punts, covers kicks and if you want more, just ask.

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05/12/2014 - Mosley brings Baltimore great player, person...The Ravens chose Mosley rather than go for one of the top safeties in the draft, including Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor. "He's fast, instinctive, tough, smart, talented, a playmaker," Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said regarding Mosley. "People always ask about the best available player and what that means. He was the best available player on our board and he would have been the best available player on our board at 10. He's a great football player." Mosley eschewed comparisons to Lewis, whom he grew up idolizing. "It's a blessing," Mosley said. "I'm not trying to go in there and be the next (No.) 52. I'm going there to be C.J. Mosley."

At Alabama, Mosley won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He had 108 tackles, nine for losses last season. For his career, Mosley had 319 tackles, 23 for losses, with 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds. Mosley emphasized he is healthy after dislocating his elbow and hip in 2011 and undergoing shoulder surgery after the 2012 season and missing drills at the NFL scouting combine in February due to a right shoulder injury. "I'm 100 percent healthy, no red flags," Mosley said. "My past injuries won't affect my play." - The Sports Xchange

 

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