Green Bay Packers 2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: C.J. Mosley

By Ryan Ratty
CJ Mosley
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After signing Julius Peppers in free agency, it’s safe to say that the Green Bay Packers will focus on the second or third level of the defense in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Many have said that the Packers will draft Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Calvin Pryor, but GM Ted Thompson may want to take a linebacker in the first round. There isn’t a better middle linebacker in this draft than C.J. Mosley, and the Packers could very well select this prospect when they’re on the clock in May’s draft.

Mosley has been the best player on one of the best college defenses in the past few years. If he declared for last year’s draft, many have said that he would have been a first-round pick. No. 32 has been all over the field for the Alabama Crimson Tide during his time in Tuscaloosa. At 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, Mosley is a bit undersized to play as a middle linebacker, but he plays much bigger than he is. Mosley uses his small size to stay with receivers in pass coverage.

He has long arms that allow him to make tackles in the open field and bat down passes. He is smart and has great instincts. Being able to read and react is vital for a middle linebacker. He has a high football IQ, and he can make plays all over the field. Another thing about Mosley is how he is able to get by offensive linemen to make tackles at the line of scrimmage.

Watching Mosley at Alabama, it just looks like he never makes a bad play. He really does have the potential to be a linebacker who could play all of the linebacker positions. There hasn’t been a linebacker in recent memory who is as good as Mosley. In my opinion, he is a top-10 talent, but the value of the middle linebacker position has hurt his draft stock.

I compare Mosley to one of my favorite linebackers of all time in Lofa Tatupu. When Tatupu was in the prime of his career, he showed the ability to be a game-changer. Like Mosley, Tatupu is instinctive, athletic and extremely active. Green Bay could go a ton of ways in this draft. Selecting a player like Mosley would not be a bad pick by any means. The Packers need a leader on defense for the future, and Mosley could be just that.

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