Linebacker C.J. Mosley has been considered one of the best defensive players in college football over the past year and a sure-fire bet to be taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Where the Alabama stud ends up landing on the first night of the draft is still up in the air, however, as projections sugget he could go in the top 10 or fall back torward the bottom half of the first round.
Former NFL general manager and current NFL Media analayst Charley Casserly watched the film of Mosley and thinks the talented linebacker could be a player teams will regret missing on in the draft.
"He may slide. Why? He's a linebacker that doesn't rush the passer," Casserly said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft". "However he can play all three linebacker positions and will be a pro bowl player. There isn't anything he can't do. He's smart, he's instintive, he plays the run and he can cover.
"This guy is going to make a lot of Pro Bowls."
Mosley was a key cog in a Crimson Tide defense that was among the most dominant in college football over the past three seasons. In addition to his outstanding athletic ability, the 6-foot-2, 234-pounder was highly regarded for his leadership on the team and ability to be in the right spot at the right time out on the field.
NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock holds Mosley in high regard and lists him as the best inside linebacker in this year's draft class. Recent mock drafts see him as a fit for the Minnesota Vikings as high as the eighth overall pick or a major value for a team further down such as the Green Bay Packers at pick No. 21.
No matter which team winds up selecting the tackling machine, the veteran evaluator Casserly believes that team will be adding a player who is already close to playing like one of the best linebackers in the NFL.
"Luke Kuechly at Carolina ... Kuechly is a 10 with instincts," Casserly said. "(Mosley) is a nine with instincts, but he's stronger than Kuechly and better athlete in coverage."
Mosley will be one of 30 players at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for this year's draft and, if Casserly is to be believed, likely won't have that long of a wait in the green room before strolling to the stage to meet with the commissioner.
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