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:
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||
|6 ft 2 in||234 lb||33 3⁄8 in||10 3⁄4 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???