As the NFL Draft approaches, the Buffalo Bills hosted a pair of potential draft selections at One Bills Drive Thursday. The Bills entertained Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Towson running back Terrance West on Thursday for pre-draft visits.
Mosley is one of the more interesting visits the Bills have had considering their ties to the linebacker before the signing of Brandon Spikes. Since Spikes has signed, Mosley's links to the Bills have subsided some, but there is still a chance that the Bills will look to build up their linebacking corps with some young talent like Mosley and Kiko Alonso.
Most of the NFL Draft analysts see Mosley as the top linebacker in this year's draft, and have him being drafted early in the first round. The Bills have the ninth selection overall and may see Mosley on the board still.
At the NFL combine, Mosley ran a 4.68 40-yard dash and then beat it at his pro day by posting a 4.63.
The one major concern with Mosley is his durability. In 2011 he dislocated his elbow and in the 2012 BCS title game he dislocated his hip. He has also had shoulder surgery. However, for all of the injury concerns, Mosley only missed two games in his college career.
“As a football player an NFL team is going to get somebody that’s is going to be relentless no matter if he’s on special teams or whether he’s on defense or whatever position they have me at,” Mosley said at his pro day. “And as a person they’re going to get a loyal person and humble and always committed to what I’m doing.”
One of the best rushers in FCS history, West rushed for 4,584 yards with 84 touchdowns in his three seasons.
Now a third round draft projection has West hoping that he can continue to push on into the NFL.
"I’m just staying humble and hungry, whatever happens, happens,” said West. “I just want to do my part and leave it up to God. It's just amazing where I came from and what I overcame. A lot of people would have been gave up and turned in their cleats. I just kept pushing and overcame all the obstacles."
West is a smaller back at 5'9" but packs a punch at 209 pounds and gains most of his yards after contact by slipping around tacklers.
The Bills may look to draft a running back in later rounds in hopes to gain some depth at the position and groom someone to potentially back up C.J. Spiller if Fred Jackson were to part from the team.
The NFL Draft begins Thursday May 8 with the first round being selected from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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