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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.
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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

05/12/2014 - Mosley brings Baltimore great player, person...With highly-rated Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin going to the Dallas Cowboys one pick above them and no "bonanza" trade offer coming to move back in the first round, the Baltimore Ravens stuck with their draft philosophy of selecting the highest-rated player on their board. That led them to pick Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick of the first round Thursday night. The last time the Ravens drafted an inside linebacker in the first round, they picked future Hall of Fame middle linebacker Ray Lewis in the first round of the 1996 draft during the inaugural year of the franchise. Mosley was an All-American who won two national championships at Alabama. "A nine-month process led us to this pick tonight," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said after drafting a player from his alma mater. "I know we got better as a football team because of the way C.J. plays, but I really know we got better as an organization because of the person that he is." Mosley is expected to compete for an immediate starting job at weak-side inside linebacker next to veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/17 - C.J. Mosley, ILB, 6-2, 234, Alabama...The Ravens loved Mosley's range, relentless style and athleticism. They expect him to be a three-down linebacker who can make an immediate impact. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 15/1. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama, 6-2, 234, 4.67, 1...Leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is a rare, three-down inside linebacker. He made a dramatic debut as a freshman with two interception returns for touchdowns and improved since then. Says NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang: "Tough and athletic, with the keenest instincts of any linebacker I've scouted since Lofa Tatupu. ..." Thanks Rob. Mosley is all that and more.

Frankly: 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. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 15. CJ Mosley OLB/ILB, Alabama (6-2, 234, 4.65, SR)...Mosley is a smart, assignment sound player who was the leader of the Alabama defense. He doesn't play a sexy position and durability concerns pushes him down boards, but he has an accurate first step with a consistently disciplined approach to the game. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - The Sports Xchange 2014 NFL Draft Best Team Fit: Green Bay Packers...LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: The Packers can go any number of ways with their first pick since they could use upgrades at a few different positions. If typically conservative general manager Ted Thompson stays put at No. 21 instead of jumping up in Round 1, Mosley may be off the board, leaving Green Bay to possibly take Ohio State's Ryan Shazier to plug in a ready-made playmaker at inside linebacker. However, the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Mosley is the unquestionable stud at the position. If teams higher up in the Day 1 pecking order are scared off by Mosley's injury history, the Packers gladly will pounce as they did when former Crimson Tide teammate Eddie Lacy fell into the second round and became the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year at running back last season. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Carolina Panthers' draft radar: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: There is a good chance the Panthers starting left tackle this season isn't currently on the roster, making their 1st round pick a likely spot to fill that glaring need. And if Kouandjio is still on the board, he will create an interesting discussion in the Carolina war room because he has the talent to warrant the selection, but whether or not they draft the former Alabama tackle comes down to how comfortable they are with his durability. Kouandjio was dinged at the NFL Combine because of past injuries, most notably a knee issue, but opinions seem to be mixed on the severity of the injury. So while the durability could be worrisome, it could also be a blessing in disguise that allows Kouandjio to fall to the Panthers pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2, 234, 4.65, 1...Leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly regarded in the scouting community and could end up as a top-10 pick in May. He made dramatic debut as freshman with two interception returns for touchdowns and improved since then. Says NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang: "Tough and athletic, with the keenest instincts of any linebacker I've scouted since Lofa Tatupu. ..." Thanks Rob. Mosley is all that and more.

Frankly: Underrated here. He is a must-draft, mobile mass of natural football genius who has no negatives and works full speed, full time. Mosley is even a blocker on punts, covers kicks and if you want more, just ask. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 16. C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama, 6-2, 232, 4.65, 1...Leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly regarded in the scouting community and could end up as a top 10 pick in May. Says NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang: "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." - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: LB - C.J. Mosley, Sr., Alabama: The unquestioned heart and soul of the Alabama defense, Mosley is a coach's dream at linebacker, earning the Tide's Defensive Player of the Week 11 times in 12 games. Possessing terrific diagnostic skills, he's a virtual coach on the field whose athleticism and quick hands make him equally dangerous in pass coverage as in run support. Like other highly regarded Alabama players before him, however, Mosley's physical play has led to a number of injuries and subsequent surgeries, making his medical grade critical in determining his final draft projection. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama, 6-2 238, Sr., Mobile, AL...Mosley, from Mobile, Ala., leads an Alabama defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (2nd), red zone defense (4th), total defense (5th), pass defense (5th), rush defense (11th) and pass efficiency defense (15th). Mosley leads the 2013 team with 102 tackles and nine tackles for loss (-20 yards). He has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was the Alabama Defensive Player of the week 11 times in 12 games and ranks fourth in school history with 313 tackles. Mosley has made at least seven tackles in 10 games this season and recorded double digits five times. - Alabama football

12/12/2013 - 2013 CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST (DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): C.J. Moseley, Alabama...Mosley has been a wrecking machine all season for the Bama defense. He has notched 88 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries and one forced fumble this fall and is a player that has to be accounted for by the offense on every snap. - Bednarik Award

12/11/2013 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Mosley leads the 2013 team with 102 tackles and nine tackles for loss (-20 yards). He has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was the Alabama Defensive Player of the week 11 times in 12 games and ranks fourth in school history with 313 tackles. Mosley has made at least seven tackles in 10 games this season and recorded double digits five times. - Alabama football

12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: LB - C.J. Mosley (Unanimous), Alabama, 6-2, 232, Sr,...Mosley leads the 2013 team with 102 tackles and nine tackles for loss (-20 yards). He has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was the Alabama Defensive Player of the week 11 times in 12 games and ranks fourth in school history with 313 tackles. Mosley has made at least seven tackles in 10 games this season and recorded double digits five times. - Alabama football

12/11/2013 - 2013 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Mosley leads Alabama and ranks tied for fourth in the SEC this season with 102 total tackles on the year, including 56 solo tackles. He averaged 8.5 total tackles per game. - SEC football

12/09/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WINNER: Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley is the recipient of the 2013 Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker. Mosley was presented the award Sunday evening by the award's namesake, Dick Butkus, during the Alabama Football Team Banquet at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Mosley is third Crimson Tide player to win the award, joining Derrick Thomas (1988) and Rolando McClain (2009). Mosley, from Mobile, Ala., leads an Alabama defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (2nd), red zone defense (4th), total defense (5th), pass defense (5th), rush defense (11th) and pass efficiency defense (15th).

Mosley finished with 70 points, followed by Buffalo's Khalil Mack (52), UCLA's Anthony Barr (44), and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (22). Also receiving votes were Wisconsin's Chris Borland, Stanford's Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, Florida State's Telvin Smith, and Michigan State's Max Bullough.

Mosley leads the 2013 team with 102 tackles and nine tackles for loss (-20 yards). He has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was the Alabama Defensive Player of the week 11 times in 12 games and ranks fourth in school history with 313 tackles. Mosley has made at least seven tackles in 10 games this season and recorded double digits five times. Mosley has 86 more tackles than any other Alabama player over the past two seasons. He has been especially good over the past four games, making 43 tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, a force fumble and two pass breakups. - SEC football

11/23/2013 - Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner are among five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy for national defensive player of the year. Also chosen as finalists by the Football Writers Association of America were Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam and Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The award will be presented Dec. 9. Mosley leads No. 1 Alabama in tackles with 79 and has broken up five passes.

Joyner has 51 tackles for No. 2 Florida State, including 6?? for loss, and had forced three fumbles. Donald leads the country in tackles for loss with 22??, including 10 sacks. Sam has three three-sack games and scored a touchdown on a fumble return. Dennard has three interceptions and seven pass breakups. - AP Sports

11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama...Senior captain who once again led the team with eight total tackles (six solo) and forced a fumble...Moved up to No. 7 on the UA career tackles list with 290...Defense limited MSU to 197 total yards (144 pass, 53 rush)...Alabama shut out an opponent in the first half for the 10th time in the last 14 games...The Tide has allowed just five touchdowns in the last eight games and just 6.3 points per contest...Alabama has held 8 of 10 opponents this season to 10 or fewer points...UA leads nation in scoring defense (10.2 ppg) and 5th/1st SEC in total defense (272.8 ypg). - SEC football

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 6. C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB: The leader of the Tide's staunch defense. Rival coaches say Mosley, a fast, extremely physical defender is the one guy in the front seven who truly stands out. He is a load in run support and stunningly swift tracking receivers with his uncanny change of direction. Mosley tops the Tide in tackles (59); TFLs (5.5) and QB hurries with four. He's also broken up three passes for the SEC's best defense. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

11/11/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 11 STOCK REPORT, PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: WLB CJ Mosley, Alabama...The leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley again showed on Saturday why he's so highly thought of among the scouting community and could end up as a top-10 pick in May. He had a game-best 12 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and should have had a pair of interceptions, but they just show as pass break-ups on the stat sheet after he failed to secure either one. But nonetheless, it was another strong performance for the senior as he put on a tackling clinic and routinely adjusted the defense into correct positioning to stop the Tigers.

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. Mosley is as well-rounded and disciplined a linebacker as this draft class has to offer. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - WEEK 11 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama...Signal caller on Alabama defense, led team with 12 tackles - 7 solo...Also had 1.5 TFL and 2 PBU...Held LSU to 284 total yards, just 52 in second half...Outscored LSU 21-3 in 2nd half and held Tigers to just one third down conversion...UA leads nation in scoring defense at 10.6 ppg...Mosley is Tide's top tackler on season with 71 total stops...Was the personal protector on the fake punt who took the snap and handed it off to Jarrick Williams which resulted in a key first down and eventual touchdown on that drive. - SEC football

11/10/2013 - C.J. Mosley racked up tackles, deflected a couple of passes and smoothly handed off on a fake punt that helped get Alabama rolling. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's All-America linebacker came up big in any number of different ways in Saturday night's 38-17 win over No. 18 LSU. Really, what else is new? Mosley has been the leader and star of one of the nation's best defenses all season. The perfectly executed fake punt in Alabama territory when the game was tied in the third quarter was just a 'Bama bonus.

He took the direct snap, headed left and neatly tucked the ball into Jarrick Williams' gut going the other direction for a first down on fourth-and-2. ''I trust C.J. to do anything,'' Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. ''Watch my kids, take care of my house. So a (punt) fake is not much. ''C.J. is just so conscientious about everything does that you know he's going to execute and do it exactly like you told him to do it. He did a good job.''

Alabama (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) went on to score a touchdown to break the 17-17 deadlock and take control of the game. Mosley played his typically huge role on Alabama's defense. He had 12 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and added two pass breakups that could have been interceptions. The drops might have been the only negative in his performance. - AP Sports

10/06/2013 - The top five teams in the Associated Press top 25 poll, released Sunday, remained the same, including Alabama still holding the No. 1 spot. Alabama (5-0) received 55 of 60 first-place votes a day after defeating Georgia State 45-3 Saturday. No. 2 Oregon, also 5-0, picked up the remaining top votes after beating Colorado 57-16. Clemson (5-0), Ohio State (6-0) and Stanford (5-0) made up the rest of the top five.

Florida State climbed from eighth to No. 6 after an impressive 63-0 shutout of previous-No. 25 Maryland. The Seminoles moved ahead of Georgia, which edged unranked Tennessee 34-31 in overtime without running back Todd Gurley. They also lost running back Keith Marshall to a knee injury in the first quarter. Georgia (4-1) fell from sixth to No. 7. Arizona State, Ole Miss and Maryland fell out of the top 25 and were replaced by No. 23 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Virginia Tech and No. 25 Missouri. - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2013 - Nobody is better than Alabama in getting points from its defense and/or special teams. After getting touchdowns on interceptions, kick returns, and a blocked punt in the first three games, the Crimson Tide recorded its first safety of the season against Ole Miss when senior LB C.J. Mosley and junior DE Jeoffrey Pagan combined to tackle QB Bo Wallace in the end zone early in the fourth quarter. - The Sports Xchange

09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama...Senior All-American and defensive signal caller led Tide to first shutout of season...Led team with 9 total tackles, one TFL, one PBU and 2 QB hurries...Put the game out of reach when he recorded a safety with 5:43 left in the game to make it 18-0...Also deflected a pass on a key 4th down and 2 from the Alabama 7 in the 3rd quarter to keep lead 16-0...Held Ole Miss to 4-for-14 on 3rd down, 1-of-4 on 4th down, and 0-for-2 in the red zone...Rebels totaled just 205 yards (46 rushing, 159 passing) and 3.6 yards per play...Held third opponent this season to 10 points or less (7 times in 2012)...UA now ranks 2nd in SEC in scoring defense (14.5) and 3rd in total defense (331.0). - SEC football

09/14/2013 - Scouting the Alabama run defense: Other than one big run by Trey Edmunds in the first quarter, Alabama was just fine against Virginia Tech. But the challenge is much greater this week. With QB Johnny Manziel, four capable tailbacks and a good offensive line, the Aggies can attack from all angles. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 10. C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama (6-2, 232): Athletic and instinctive, Mosley is a true three-down linebacker capable of making plays against the run and pass. He's among the best all-around players in what appears to be a much stronger draft class, but his lack of elite size could keep him out of the top 10. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 10. OLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 232, 4.56) -- Athletic and instinctive, Mosley is a true three-down linebacker capable of making plays against the run and pass. He's among the best all-around football players in what appears to be a much stronger 2014 draft class, but his lack of elite size could keep him out of the top 10. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/27/2013 - A whopping 16 players were named to the preseason All-SEC teams at SEC media days in July, including seven to the first team. None of those seven was named AJ McCarron, the two-time national championship quarterback. He settled for second-team status behind Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. LB C.J. Mosley joined South Carolina's Jadaveon Clowney as the leading vote-getter. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 232, Sr.)...A smart, instinctive linebacker, Mosley is an extension of Nick Saban on the field and his pass coverage skills have scouts believing he is a three-down player in the NFL. He likely would have been a top-20 overall pick had he declared after last season and should go that high next May. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/26/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama,...Consensus first team All-American and first team All-SEC choice in 2012... named first team All-America by the AFCA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated ... was a finalist for 2012 Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker, and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player). - Alabama football

08/15/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB C.J. Mosley is back to serve as an anchor for what should be another tough defense in 2013. Mosley was especially tough against spread offenses, using his speed, instincts and long wingspan to cover sideline-to-sideline. All he has to do is prove he can hold up a bit better against power running games. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2013 - TOP ALABAMA PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. LB C.J. Mosley (6-2, 232, 4.65)...South Carolina superstar JaDaveon Clowney is the best player in the country. From a scouting standpoint, perhaps the most enjoyable player to watch is Mosley. 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. 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. Mosley has five interceptions over his career, three of which he's returned for scores, tying the school record.

Mosley surprised many by electing to return to Alabama for his senior season as he is a legitimate first-round prospect. He has been a standout at Alabama since his true freshman season and missed time in 2011 with a dislocated elbow. Considering his own talent, as well as that of his teammates, it is entirely possible that Mosley could help the Tide win their third consecutive BCS title and win the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker along the way. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/25/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): LB - C.J. Mosley, Alabama (231)...Mosley has been a major contributor at linebacker since he stepped on campus ... he took another step forward in 2012, proving to be one of the best linebackers in the nation as a Butkus Award finalist ... Mosley returns in 2013 for his senior season as the leader of the Crimson Tide vaunted defense ... has played in 38 games and started 20 in his first three years. - Alabama football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Was a finalist for 2012 Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker, and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player) ... led the team with 107 tackles (48 more tackles than the next player) ... the 107 tackles was the second most in the last 25 years by an Alabama defender (Demeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) ... made 11 starts ... ninth in the SEC in tackles per game (7.64) ... had eight tackles for loss (52 yards), four sacks (34 yards) and two interceptions. - Alabama football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Mosley has 211-career tackles with five interceptions and 14 pass breakups ... equaled the school record with three interception returns for a touchdown ... consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2012. - Alabama football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Mosley has 211-career tackles with five interceptions and 14 pass breakups ... equaled the school record with three interception returns for a touchdown ... consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2012. - Alabama football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: C.J. Mosley, Alabama...Led the team with 107 tackles in 2012 (48 more tackles than the next player) ... the 107 tackles was the second most in the last 25 years by an Alabama defender (Demeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) ... made 11 starts ... ninth in the SEC in tackles per game (7.64). - Alabama football

07/16/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB CJ Mosley, Alabama...Starting weakside "will" linebacker in all nickel and dime extra-DB situations ... started in all formations in the BCS National Championship Game ... consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC choice ... named first-team All-America by the AFCA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated ... was a finalist for 2012 Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker, and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player) ... led the team with 107 tackles (48 more tackles than the next player) ... the 107 tackles was the second most in the last 25 years by an Alabama defender (Demeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) ... made 11 starts ... ninth in the SEC in tackles per game (7.64). - Alabama football

07/16/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB...Mosley has 211-career tackles with five interceptions and 14 pass breakups ... equaled the school record with three interception returns for a touchdown ... consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC selection in 2012. - Alabama football

05/31/2013 - Senior Bowl's Phil Savage: AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley have strong shots at first round in 2014...Another Crimson Tide senior-to-be from whom Savage is looking for big things is All-SEC linebacker C.J. Mosley. "He's a four-down player. He can play the run, he can defend the pass and he can play on special teams," Savage said of Mosley, a Theodore native. "He's going to get a chance this year to step up into a leadership role. ... I think if he can step forward in some of those intangible things, in terms of more vocal leadership, then I think you're looking at a very high pick next year.

"I was a little surprised he decided to come back. I think it's a wise choice because with very few linebackers at all going in this year's draft early, there's going to be a need for linebackers next year, I would assume." - Mike Herndon, Alabama Live

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: C.J. Moseley, LB, Alabama...Consensus first team All-American and first team All-SEC choice in 2012...named first team All-America by the AFCA, Walter Camp, AP, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated...was a finalist for 2012 Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker, and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (top defensive player). - Alabama football

05/16/2013 - Mosely's deflection vs. UGA among Bama's top plays...Alabama has a long list of unforgettable plays in its football history. Here are three: Van Tiffin's 52-yard field goal to beat Auburn in 1985. Barry Krauss's goal line tackle of Penn State's Mike Guman in the 1979 Sugar Bowl. Kenny Stabler's 53-yard run in the mud to beat Auburn 7-3 in 1967. Somewhere on the list there should be a place for C.J. Mosley's defensive play on the last snap against Georgia in last season's SEC Championship game.

Trailing 32-28, Georgia put on a torrid drive in the final seconds. A 26-yard completion to tight end Arthur Lynch moved the ball to the Alabama 8-yard line. Out of timeouts, Georgia decided to run a play instead of spike the ball. Murray called for a fade pattern into the end zone for Malcolm Mitchell. Mosley pressured from the outside and battered the ball in the air. Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley caught the ball on the 5-yard line and time ran out.

It's fair to say that play decided the national championship because in January that same Alabama team would easily dispatch Notre Dame in the BCS title game. "It was just a normal red zone call for us," said Mosley, a rising senior from Theodore, Ala. "The truth is my job was to cover the running back man-to-man. But when Murray threw it I just jumped as high as I could. I thought I had my whole hand on it. "When I saw the Georgia guy catch the ball I knew the game was over. I couldn't believe it." - Tony Barnhart, CBSSports.com

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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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