The middle linebacker position is traditionally associated with great leadership skills, tremendous intelligence and effort. Alabama MLB C.J. Mosley is no exception. Mosley, who has also played in two national championships and has accrued over 300 tackles for the Crimson Tide, would be a good pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
It seems in today’s world that there is an increasing number of players coming into the NFL draft with background problems and/or character issues. Luckily, Mosley is the kind of guy you’d let watch your kids without the fear of getting a phone call informing you that no, your 10-year-old is in fact not allowed in the strip club.
The epitome of a high-character player, Mosley played his college ball for a disciplinarian coach in a 3-4 defense that emphasized stopping the run. If he were to be picked up by the Steelers, Mosley would find many of the same traits. A similar system and locker room feeling is always a catalyst for a seamless transition to the pros.
The Steelers’ depth chart is lacking at linebacker, though the recent signing of Arthur Moats lessens the need some. Former Miami standout Sean Spence will likely be the favorite to take over the inside linebacker spot vacated by Larry Foote with Vince Williams in hot pursuit. In terms of outside linebackers, last year’s first-round pick Jarvis Jones and budding star Jason Worilds are solid starters with no plans to move inside.
Mosley would be a good fit with the Steelers’ scheme and perhaps an even better fit in their locker room. Pittsburgh always welcomes high-character players, especially those who can be exceptional players and leaders.
The bottom line is that while selecting Mosley in the first round wouldn’t be a bad pick, it certainly doesn’t address more pressing concerns on the team. Despite this, the Steelers are well known for picking who they believe to be the best player left on the board with little regard to positional value. If Pittsburgh falls in love with Mosley, anything can happen on May 8.