NOTE: In the days leading up to the draft, Dairyland Express will profile the players who could potentially be coming to the Green Bay Packers with the 21st overall pick in the first round. Today, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.
C.J. Mosley has been listed on several mock draft boards as being a possible selection for the Green Bay Packers in the first round.
Mosley is ranked as the top inside linebacker in the draft, according to Scouts Inc. There are no questions about his production; he led the Crimson Tide last season with 108 tackles and nine tackles for loss.
The Mobile, Ala., native was a good student at Alabama, earning SEC First-Team Academic Honor Roll honors as a sophomore and maturing into a consensus All-America selection as a senior. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker.
There are some injury concerns with Mosley, who missed two games as a sophomore with a dislocated elbow and later dislocated his hip in that season’s BCS national championship game. He returned to play every game as a junior, starting 11 of the Tide’s 14 games, but had surgery on his right shoulder following the season, which limited him in spring practice.
But he is the whole package against the run. He has a quick change of direction and consistently makes plays outside the tackle box, with a good feel for moving down the line and getting through traffic coupled with exceptional closing speed to the runner.
He’s fully capable in pass coverage, as well, with a quick backpedal and solid depth on his drops and can hold up in man coverage against most running backs.
He measured 6-foot-2 and 234 pounds at the combine and scouts are confidence he can add bulk to his frame and ran a 4.68 40-yard dash.