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Jeremiah: C.J. Mosley worthy of top 10 pick in 2014 NFL Draft


After watching so much film and studying players so much, it's understandable if football analysts start to form somewhat of a consensus on certain prospects. That appears to be the case at linebacker, where Buffalo's Khalil Mack tops just about everybody's boards and UCLA's Anthony Barr slides in right behind him.

One linebacker few talk about, but probably belongs in the same conversation, is Alabama's C.J. Mosley. It's tough to believe that a player from Alabama isn't being discussed much, but that might just be the case with Mosley. He's not a flashy player, but he's a potential All-Pro at the next level, and that's why NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks he's worthy of top 10 pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.

"I think the standard is Luke Kuechly, who came out a couple of years ago and has been a dominating NFL player," Jeremiah said on "Path to the Draft." "I don't put (Mosley) quite in that category, but he's very, very close.

"He's a much better player than McClain," Jeremiah said, referring to Rolando McClain, the former Alabama linebacker and eighth overall pick in 2010. "His instincts set him apart from everybody else in this draft class. Sometimes he's so good that he's kind of boring. You don't see those 'wow' plays because he's where he needs to be and makes a lot of tackles."

Mosley is NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock's top-ranked inside linebacker in the draft, but he is rarely touted as a possible top 10 pick. Most recent mock drafts have him going anywhere from the Dolphins at No. 19 overall to the Saints at No. 27.

Durability might be one reason why Mosley's stock isn't as hot as others. He suffered elbow, hip and shoulder injuries throughout his career at Alabama but still managed to make play after play for Nick Saban's defense. If teams can overlook the medical history, they could wind up getting someone who's on the field every down and flexible enough to play in either the 4-3 or 3-4.

"This guy looks like an outside linebacker, plays like an inside linebacker and can run," fellow analyst Charles Davis said. "My most recent comparison -- Alec Ogletree from Georgia last year. But Ogletree was a pumped-up former safety that the Rams ended up using as an outside backer. I think (Mosley) is tough, can go take on blockers and make tackles. I like C.J. Mosley as an inside backer who you can move all over the place."

Will one team in the top 10 take a chance and grab Mosley a little higher than expected come May? As they say, all you need is one team to fall in love with a prospect, and Mosley is as sound as they come at the linebacker spot. And as Bucky Brooks wrote this week, some team might like Mosley enough to move up in the draft to take him.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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