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CJ Mosley

Report Prepared By John Harris

CJ Mosley Photo: Bama Blog

Breakdown:

#32
Class: Senior
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 232 lbs.
School: Alabama
Bio:
  • 2013 Butkus Award recipient - third Alabama player in history to win the Award
  • 2013 Rotary Lombardi Award Finalist
  • 2X Consensus All-American
  • 2X First team All-SEC, 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2X Alabama Team MVP - also voted Team's Most Inspirational Player in 2013
  • 2013 Stats: 108 tackles, 9 TFL & 1 Forced fumble

 

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • Vertical Jump - 35"
  • Broad Jump - 9'10"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 7.30 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.40 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 33 3/8"
  • Hand size - 10 3/4"

Pros

  • Feet never stop - excellent technique
  • Excellent in coverage, strong read recognition
  • Feet get him in position to make form tackle, doesn't lunge
  • Completely in charge of the defense - makes checks to get out of stunts into another blitz
  • Matches slot receiver or back step for step in man coverage, quite impressive
  • Never plays laterally or backwards - always going forward and downhill
  • Explodes through ball carriers - wraps up on contact
  • Patient, doesn't over pursue
  • Effective out in open field tackling/playing in space
  • Relentless and physical striker
  • Closing speed on quarterback or ball carrier in space is tremendous
  • His ability to find the ball and not get lost behind "trash" is stellar

Cons

  • Does false step on occasion
  • As with all linebackers, needs to be a bit more violent getting off of blocks
  • Got beat on slot WR nod/shake route
  • Gets "locked up" by OL size up front at times
  • Feet were stationary early in the season when he wasn't fully conditioned
  • Late reacting to draw after clear run designation (resulted in long run early in game)
  • Stands too tall at times which makes it more difficult to redirect
  • Against slot WR, initially in great position, but loses him after taking eyes to QB
  • Will backpedal in pass drop, instead of turning and running

Film Room

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1:36 explosive to the football - he scrapes and then bursts through the gap to make a play - stellar
2:17 The speed to close on a fast ball carrier like Everett Golson
4:28 play recognition on smoke draw, does not over pursue, redirects and makes TFL
5:44 play action, takes back out of backfield and shadows him (watch top of the screen)

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0:10 Takes on block, still needs some work shedding more violently, but makes tackle for short gain
0:45 Makes interception, matches RB out of backfield then reads eyes of QB for interception
1:33 Play recognition, sniffs out screen and makes a tremendous play for TFL
3:47 Tennessee's physical OL got to him a little bit, trying to skate block and got out of position.

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0:09 The hit on QB after the blitz is legal, physical and a trendsetter early in the game
1:15 All 22 replay - can see his pass pattern recognition but needs to drive on dig when he sees it
1:57 Shows his uncanny ability on the blitz to seek and destroy the quarterback up in the A gap
2:57 Works through the "trash" to find ball carrier and make perfect form tackle - this is spot on.

Report

Mosley played an entire season in the middle of the Alabama defense in 2013, something that he was unable to do in 2012 due to an injury he had suffered in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.  That'll be the major question, in my opinion for Mosley - his health.  A number of Alabama players have come into the NFL with an injury history and Mosley has a similar history that could scare off some teams.  That said, he's the most instinctive defensive player in the draft.  His ability to read and decipher an offensive gameplan is off the charts and he's a plus tackler in space.  If he runs well at the Combine and/or his Pro Day, his stock will skyrocket.

In 2012, Mosley looked as fresh and healthy against Notre Dame as he had all season.  And, it showed.  Notre Dame got away from run game early due to Alabama's big lead and it would've helped seeing Mosley take on more blockers.  But, this film shows the whole package for a linebacker ready for the next level.

Against Tennessee's OL in 2012 knew it had to get a hat on Mosley and the Alabama linebackers.  He didn't do a poor job against the consistent pounding, but it took a toll by the fourth quarter.  That said, watching him match TE, RB and slot WR in pass coverage is impressive.

Missouri's offense provides a bunch of different idiosyncrasies and nuances but it couldn't take advantage of Mosley due in large part to his patience and play recognition.  His ability to play in space and most importantly tackle one-on-one is impressive.