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C.J. Mosley declines Senior Bowl invitation


Alabama All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley will not participate in the Reese's Senior Bowl, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt has reported.

On Thursday evening, Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage told College Football 24/7 that the number of Senior Bowl invitations declined has grown to 28 -- including nine healthy scratches and 19 due to injuries or rehab situations. Last year, there were 27 total invitations declined -- including seven healthy scratches and 20 related injury or rehabbing.

Savage said Wednesday that he didn't expect the 2013 Butkus Award winner to participate.

Mosley's draft stock already being as high as it is, the senior more than likely sees little value in competing at the annual all-star event. NFL media analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Charles Davis all had Mosley being chosen between the Nos. 9 and 24 overall picks in their initial mocks of the first round.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and Crimson Tide cornerback Deion Belue also declined Senior Bowl invitations.

Mosley made 108 tackles to lead Alabama in 2013, and more importantly for his draft stock, he emerged from a three-year platoon with Kansas City Chiefs rookie Nico Johnson to be an every-down linebacker for the first time in his career. Mosley played more on passing downs and against passing teams for the first three years of his career, but was a stalwart as a run stopper as a senior.

Senior Bowl rosters remain fluid until the practice week begins. Prospects are scheduled for the annual weigh-in Monday morning and will practice for the first time Monday afternoon. The game will be played Saturday, Jan. 25, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and will be televised on NFL Network.

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