Off the Board at 21???

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in       3 years ago     79 Views     1 Comment  

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cjPackers fans are already anticipating the Packers’ pick at number 21 in the 2014 draft. Who will it be? Here are some possibilities with stats, strengths, and weaknesses.

CJ Mosley: Mosley was an anchor to a two-time championship Alabama Crimson Tide and is NFL ready. His ability to cover receivers and his sure tackling in the open field make him a natural need-fill for the Packers. But will he be there? This kid, early on, was not expected to make it past the middle of the first. But there are some question marks…especially his health as he will be coming into the NFL a little dinged up. That could be a major red flag for a Packers team that could not “empty its guns” last season due to injuries on the defense. But if Mosley’s 40 time (4.63) is any indication, and the Packers are willing to stand pat, the upside is that Mosley may be a real value at pick number 21. While he doesn’t have elite size for an inside linebacker, it’s his ability to get after mobile quarterbacks and cover TE’s that makes him a very intriguing prospect. So here is a breakdown of Mosley’s measurables:

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Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split  20-yd split
Vert
Broad
6 ft 2 in 234 lb 33 38 in 10 34 in 4.63  1.56 2.70 35″ 9’10”
 

Weaknesses: Mosley is a little lankier than one would expect an ILB to be but he has made improvements in his ability to shed blockers. The injury was a big concern as speed and flexibility will be important even for ILB’s from time to time. A 3-down backer with coverage ability could help Green Bay become a 3 and out defense. The trade off would be in this scenario, Clinton-Dix and Pryor are likely off the board.

Strengths: Sure tackling, pro-ready, good football IQ, leadership skills, good speed and great instincts. This coupled with a body that could realistically improve and gain mass. Mosley is an intriguing combination…but here’s my question: If Clinton-Dix and Pryor are off the board…and the draft is deep…and Mosley’s is still on the board…does Ted Thompson trade that pick down and add to his stockpile knowing that there are plenty of good players still available? Hmmmmm???

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

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