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C.J. Mosley | Linebacker

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 232

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Ravens selected ILB C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is a best-available drafter, and takes Mosley here despite Arthur Brown and Daryl Smith's presence at inside linebacker. Mosley (6-foot-2, 234) made 29 starts for the Crimson Tide, earning the 2013 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. He tallied 23 career TFLs, 8.5 sacks, and five interceptions, three of which Mosley returned for pick sixes. Although he is commonly perceived as a "safe" pick, Mosley has a startling injury history that includes an elbow dislocation, hip dislocation, and a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Mosley ran 4.63 at Alabama's Pro Day, and jumped 35" vertically with a 9-foot-10 broad jump at the Combine. If he holds up physically, Mosley projects as an every-down defender with cover skills and dynamic run-defending ability. Mosley should be a Week 1 starter, but could start out as a nickel linebacker. May 8 - 10:08 PM

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NFL general managers "expect" Alabama's CJ Mosely or Ohio State's Ryan Shazier to end up in Green Bay, according to draft Insider Tony Pauline.

There's a very good chance that the Packers will have a shot at least one of those two linebackers, and there's also a chance they'll be able to select between both. "If Anthony Barr drops to 21 that would be extremely enticing for Pack and the expectation is defensive coordinator Dom Capers would push hard to select him," Pauline added. "Should they trade down Weston Richburg will become the target."
May 8 - 6:54 PM

Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly said Friday on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Alabama ILB CJ Mosley is a "more strong, more physical, better athlete" than Luke Kuechly and a "pro-bowl player."

While Casserly mentioned that Kuechly had better "instincts," the Crimson Tide prospect was "more strong, more physical" and a "better athlete." The reason why his value isn't higher, is the fact that Mosley is "not a pass rusher." At the next level, Mosley can be that three-down linebacker that can play inside and outside, and drop in coverage. Mosley has been labeled as the top ILB in the draft, and should hear his name called close to the middle of the first round.
Source: NFL.com
May 2 - 4:15 PM

Alabama ILB CJ Mosley visited the Bills on Thursday.

Mosley, a four-year starter for Nick Saban, is a three-down stud of an inside linebacker that will handle all duties asked of him. He's an outstanding athlete capable of playing any LB position who is stingy against the run but effective when asked to progress from his base and drop into coverage. Buffalo at No. 9 is a popular mock draft destination of Mosley's. The Bills, searching for Kiko Alonso's new best friend, may end up deciding between Mosley and Anthony Barr.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 26 - 7:22 PM

Alabama ILB CJ Mosley visited the Broncos on Monday and Tuesday.

The only reason Mosley should be available at pick No. 31 is if others teams fail Mosley due to medicals. He is a complete linebacker, in terms of progressing from his foundation his coverage to being stout against the run. The Broncos lost Wesley Woodyard in free agency.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 22 - 3:50 PM

Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley had a pre-draft visit with the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson.

Baltimore re-signed Daryl Smith and bring back Arthur Brown, Albert McClellan and Josh Bynes to compete at the inside linebacker position. The Ravens also lost Jameel McClain in free agency to the New York Giants. While there isn't an immediate need to bring in a guy like Mosley, perhaps the Ravens brass are looking for a future LB with Mosley's skill set to man the middle for years to come. Mosley has been tabbed as the top ILB in the draft and should hear his name called in the middle of the first round.
Apr 18 - 3:54 PM

Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley will have a pre-draft visit with the Titans between Sunday-Monday.

Inside linebacker isn't Tennessee's greatest need, but a 3-4 squad can never have enough inside muscle. Our NFL Draft coverages' tag team answer to The Hart Foundation, Evan Silva and Josh Norris, listed QB, RB, and DL as Tennessee's greatest roster holes in a recent NFL Draft Needs column. Zach Brown and Wesley Woodyard are the ILB incumbents, but Mosley would step into the NFL as one of the best ILBs out there.
Apr 10 - 6:35 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline's ILB rankings feature a huge dropoff after Alabama's C.J. Mosley.

As expected, Mosley earned a first-round grade. The surprise came next, as the analyst only sees Wisconsin's Chris Borland as a Rd. 3-4 selection, just ahead of UCLA's Jordan Zumwalt and Connecticut's Yawin Smallwood. Borland is an eye-of-the-beholder prospect who shows much better on tape than he does in measurements.
Apr 1 - 9:18 PM

Alabama LB C.J. Mosley refuted reports that NFL teams are worried about his health.

"Before the combine even happened, in January, I got MRIs on everything I hurt in the past all the way to my freshman year," Mosley said at the Crimson Tide's pro day Wednesday. "Everything was good then. (There) weren't no red flags thrown up or anything they had questions on, I got an MRI or X-Ray on, so it turned out well." Amongst a litany of injuries suffered in Tuscaloosa, Mosley dislocated his elbow (as a freshman) and hip (sophomore). Mosley ran two forties on Wednesday between 4.5-4.6 seconds after he elected not to run at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 12 - 9:55 PM

In his latest mock draft, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Alabama senior LB C.J. Mosley could be the Browns selection at No.26.

"D'Qwell Jackson's impending release was one of the reasons I had the Browns drafting CJ Mosley at No. 26 in my updated mock," Brugler tweeted. Mosley is one of the top inside linebackers in this draft class. He shows good speed, with sideline-to-sideline range. Our own Josh Norris has compared him to Sean Lee. Like Lee, Mosley has had his share of injuries in his recent past. Norris believes Mosley can be a top 20 pick depending on how teams react to his injury history.
Feb 26 - 11:38 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert called the 2014 draft class the deepest he has seen in 30 years.

The Steelers have a pick in each round, totaling seven, but they might look to add more. As will everyone else. Colbert added there is "also a bigger chance of failure because there are a lot of the underclassmen who aren't ready for this yet," meaning the NFL. The Steelers have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball.
Feb 12 - 2:55 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called Alabama senior LB C.J. Mosley a "flat out stud."

Mosley has "ELITE instincts and eyes," Wedil tweeted. "Vastly improved taking on blocks in tight quarters this year. Definition of alpha." Mosley did not attend the Senior Bowl, but he has transformed his game in the last two years, moving from a coverage based player to an all-around monster. Our own Josh Norris has compared him to Sean Lee.
Jan 24 - 11:55 AM

Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage believes there is a strong chance Alabama LB C.J. Mosley bypasses the event.

"C.J. is committed to us," Savage said, "but I honestly don't think he's going to end up playing. I think with his draft status in the top 10, top 15, no worse than top 20, I think ultimately he'll bypass the game." Other well-known names likely not attending include T Jake Matthews, OLB Khalil Mack, OLB Anthony Barr, and QB A.J. McCarron. We like to see prospects compete on an even playing field, but they are likely receiving advice not to attend.
Source: AL.com
Jan 16 - 9:30 AM

Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley accepted an invitation to the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl.

Mosley was presented with the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker earlier this month. "We're so thrilled and excited to have C.J. coming back to his home town of Mobile," said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "He'll add his name to the legacy of Alabama linebackers who have played in the game, from Leroy Jordan to Cornelius Bennett to Derrick Thomas and Demeco Ryans." Mosley (6-foot-2 3/8, 228 pounds, 4.55 40-yard dash) is a sure first-rounder in May's draft.
Source: AL.com
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 06:41:00 PM

Alabama senior ILB C.J. Mosley was presented with the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker on Sunday.

Mosley led the Tide's defense with 102 tackles this season, including nine for loss and five pass breakups. Mosley (6-foot-2 3/8, 228 pounds, 4.55 40-yard dash) is a sure first-rounder in May's draft. Mosley could have been a Top-15 pick in last April's draft, but he elected to return for his final season of eligibility and the decision didn't affect much.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 10:46:00 PM