Sep 21, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) on the sidelines against the Colorado State Rams at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama defeated Colorado State 31-6. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: C.J. Mosley, MLB Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide have been known for their defense over the last several seasons, and part of the reason for that is middle linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Mosley is a tackling machine.  However, don’t overlook his ability to cover the pass as well.  He was a leader on the Tide’s suffocating defense and looks to be a top selection in this year’s draft.  He has excellent size for a linebacker.  He is 6’2″ tall and weighs in at 232 pounds.

His best asset could be his intelligence.  He is well rounded and disciplined, rarely making mental errors or taking poor angles.  His physical style of play has led to him suffering several injuries that may have an impact on his draft stock.

Here are his statistics over four seasons at Alabama:

  • Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) runs toward Oklahoma Sooners ball carrier during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

    51 games played

  • 175 solo tackles
  • 319 total tackles
  • 23 tackles for a loss
  • 6.5 sacks
  • 5 interceptions
  • 3 defensive touchdowns
  • 2 forced fumbles
  • 1 fumble recovery
  • 24 passes defended

Strengths

  • Very intelligent player
  • Physical player
  • Excellent tackler
  • Good in pass coverage

Weaknesses

  •  Sometimes lowers his head to tackle
  • Injuries from playing too physical

Fit For The Vikings

Minnesota released last year’s starting middle linebacker, Erin Henderson.  His replacement, Audie Cole, played well in Henderson’s absence, but an upgrade would definitely be good.

My Take

I like Mosley a lot. His ability to cover the pass as well as stuff the run is something that is highly valued in a middle linebacker.  I would be happy to have Mosley be the #8 overall pick for the Vikings.

 

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