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Prediction: Arizona Cardinals Will Select C.J. Mosley in First Round of NFL Draft

May 8th, 2014 at 5:06 AM
By Steve Smith

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The day is finally here.

The Arizona Cardinals will select 20th overall in the first round of tonight's NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

It's time to make a prediction as to whom the Red Birds will select. So much can happen before they're officially "on the clock". The pick here is that Arizona fills a real need by selecting University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley.

Let's take a look at the scouting profile of Mosley. The senior is 6-foot-2 and weighs 234 pounds.

STRENGTHS: Mosley does a nice job using his length and lower body fluidity to keep himself clean through a crowd and finishes at the ball, wrapping and driving through his target. He is very smart and keeps his eyes on the ball to track and attack and rarely makes mental mistakes, which is a result of his high football IQ and preparation skills.

WEAKNESSES: Isn't always fundamentally consistent as a tackler, at times opting to throw himself at his target or drop his head on contact. Missed time in 2011 with a dislocated elbow.

COMPARES TO: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Like David, Mosley's combination of toughness, elite instincts and superb athleticism offer the versatility of lining up inside or out, and have enabled him to be one of the nation's top all-around linebackers.

Player Overview: The leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly thought of among the scouting community and could end up as a top 10 pick tonight. Mosley is as well-rounded and disciplined a linebacker as this draft class has to offer. His 107 tackles in 2012 were the second-highest total by an Alabama linebacker in the past 25 years (DeMeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) and 48 more than the next Tide defender last season (fellow inside linebacker Trey DePriest). Mosley also recorded eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions. Tough and athletic, with the keenest instincts of any linebacker since Lofa Tatupu, Mosley is constantly around the ball and is often making big plays as a result.








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