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C.J. Mosley Told by New York Giants They’d Consider Picking Him at No. 12 If He Drops

May 7th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Douglas Rush

With less than 24 hours to go until the start of the NFL Draft and the start of the first round on Thursday night, the rampant rumors and speculation on what teams will do will only continue to grow up until the Houston Texans are announced that they are on the clock. 

The names that have been linked to the New York Giants have mostly been ones on the offensive side of the ball with their 12th overall selection; Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Eric Ebron, Mike Evans, Zack Martin. It makes sense for the Giants to look to draft offense, especially since John Mara considered the offense to be broken from last year and thus, adding young talent around Eli Manning would prevent the disaster that was the 2013 season.

But there have been some defensive names linked to the Giants as well, not many, but a few. The most popular one has been Aaron Donald, but some think that he could get picked before the Giants are on the clock at #12. Now, there's another name that can be added to the mix, as Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger has reported that Alabama middle linebacker C.J. Mosley told the media that if he fell to the 12th pick, the Giants told him that they would consider taking him.

How's that for unexpected? Even the professionals at euro palace casino couldn't have put good odds on that.

It's extremely interesting to hear Mosley say that the Giants would be interested in him, especially considering they already have a middle linebacker on their team in Jon Beason who has not only regained his once Pro Bowl form in 2013 after being acquired from the Carolina Panthers this past October, but the Giants also locked up Beason for the next three years to be their starting middle linebacker, so unless the Giants view Mosley as an outside linebacker, the interest seems odd.

Also throw in the fact that the Giants haven't drafted a linebacker in the first round going all the way back to when the Giants took Carl Banks in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft 30 years ago. There have been years where the Giants could and really should have drafted a linebacker in the first round in the past, but decided against it to take other positions.

Now the Giants could always throw everyone for a loop and take Mosley, but given the fact that the Giants have already dropped hints in the past that they are targeting an offensive heavy draft, it would be a shocker to see the Giants take Mosley in the first round on Thursday night.


Tags: Aaron Donald, Alabama, C.J. Mosley, Carl Banks, Eric Ebron, Football, Jon Beason, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin

76 Responses to “C.J. Mosley Told by New York Giants They’d Consider Picking Him at No. 12 If He Drops”

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  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    “if CJ Mosely drops”?

    correct me if I’m wrong, but this guy has been recently mocked as far as the late 1st round. I haven’t seen his name in the top 15 since the football season.

    And a day 1 starter? don’t see him getting the job at any of our LB positions as a day 1 starter.

    I like this kid and think he will be a solid starter, but if i’d draft him ONLY if we trade back. not at 12.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Look at the wording. “We’d consider drafting you”. I think Mosley would be considered something of a booby prize. They’d be looking at him as a strong-side linebacker, which would make some of his talent irrelevant. On top of that, he had a knee injury a few years ago. I just don’t see them taking any chances with their first pick. I think selecting Mosley is VERY unlikely.

    In fact, if the nightmare scenario unfolds and no one selects a quarterback before the Giants’ are on the board so all of their primary draft targets are gone, they will certainly try to trade down, will probably not succeed in doing so, and will then be more likely to pick Dennard or Gilbert (whomever is still available) even though they are stacked in the defensive backfield. A linebacker who has had an issue with his knee is a risky proposition at #12.

    We all ought to pull hard for one of the first 5-6 teams on the board to select Manziel or Bortles, hoping that will induce one of the other first 11 teams to figure that they cannot take a chance on losing their top-rated quarterback while hoping to get a good one in round 2, and therefore also select a quarterback. As long as that happens we’re in excellent shape. A player we like and need will be available. If no quarterbacks come off the board early there is going to be a HUGE tug-of-war in the Giants’ draft room about whether to reach a little based upon need or stick with their board and select someone whom they know won’t be playing much in 2014.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    Theres always
    If no QB gets picked in the top 10 or so and a team behind us wants to reach up to get a QB who should have gone already , do the Giants trade back ?
    Second question – Even if its the Cowboys or Iggles ?

  4.  GIANTT says:

    These all may be wild ideas but there are some GMs who might feel a little pressure to get their man( and I dont mean Reese )

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    By the way, while I think Beckham is a very good player, and tough, I happen to think most here are still forgetting what Mario Manningham can give us in 2014 (and quite possibly longer) assuming his knee is sound. He’s a smaller receiver but with speed, quicks, and experience with Eli. Before I’d pick OBJ in the first round I’d go elsewhere and then go after one of the big receivers in round two (Benjamin or Robinson).

  6.  Eric S says:

    Just getting caught up on the threads…

    JT Jumbo says:
    May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM
    Beckham is basically Mario Manningham with a little more speed. I don’t think he’s right for the Giants. We have too many of the same player already on the team. If they don’t get Evans forget the WR position. Eli tends to sail his balls up and he needs taller WRs for that.

    Just stop. Yes Eli tends to miss high, particularly when he doesn’t trust his line but he doesn’t “need” taller receivers. His best seasons as a passer have featured wr’s many here consider too short. Nicks was the tallest at 6’0.5″. Not saying a big guy on the outside wont be nice. Just tired of this idea that Eli “needs” that.

    •  GIANTT says:

      I was trying to think of anyone else around here who also “tends to sail his balls up ” any candidates ?

    •  JT Jumbo says:

      You just agreed with me. If a team doesn’t build their personnel around their QB then idk why they have that QB. Eli throws high, it’s a fact. Now while Nicks was not actually tall in football terms, he played big and had a good leaping ability. All I said in that quote is OBJ is like Manningham. I think OBJ is good, but do the Giants need to pick him when we have 3 other guys who are similar? I don’t think so

      •  JT Jumbo says:

        And as long as he doesn’t “need” taller WRs is as long as he’s going to throw 20+ INTs every year because his WRs aren’t tall enough to catch the ball

  7.  PittsburghJim says:

    If they Draft Mosley that means the Texans started the Draft at pick (-) 6, not at the numeral ONE!

    We’d seriously need our heads examined if he’s the pick. NOT b/c he won’t be a nice player, but b/c we will have passed by a ton of talent more necessary this year to bounce back to relevancy.

    But, this is the team who has chosen: George Adams, Butch Woolfolk, Thomas Lewis, Cedric Jones, Ike Hilliard, Ron Dayne, Derek Brown, Dave Brown….OMG, I’m physically ill.

    So, we could draft Mosley or a “project” easily….

  8.  AdamGmen says:

    How about Derek Carr in the 2nd round?

  9.  aikitim says:

    If we take a linebacker in the 1st round I want it to be Shazier. That kid will be a real playmaker and would be a huge addition next to Beason.

    Still think we take OL/DL in the first round, and 12 is probably ‘too early’ for Shazier if you want to talk about ‘draft value’.

  10.  NM-GIANT says:

    Sigh, I can’t understand those that wanna go defense in the 1st, we have a pretty good defense already and I am completely comfortable going into next season with the players we have, we should have a better defense this year. Lets look at this from the division standpoint.
    Dallas and the Redskins have a damn good offense that can and will score anywhere from 21 -24 points on us, if we want to win these games we are going to need a Play maker, a #1 wide receiver (obj) or another threat that can take it to the house at any time (ebron). Without a solid #1 playmaker we are toast no matter how much you wanna invest in defense. we need to be able to match our divisional foes score for score. Do any of you think we can score 24+ points in a game with the playmakers we have?

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