11

March

NFL Draft Prospect Profile: ILB C.J. Mosley

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Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley

Packers prospect profile: ILB CJ Mosley

Player Information:

C.J. Mosley,  ILB  Alabama, 6-2, 234 pounds,  Hometown: Theodore, AL

STATS

NFL Combine:

40 time: N/A

Vertical jump: 35″

225 lb. bench: N/A

Broad jump: 9’8″

Shuttle:  4.40

3-Cone Drill: 7.30

News and Notes:

He was the leader of the Crimson Tide’s suffocating defense in 2013 on his way to winning the Butkus award for being college football’s best linebacker . His 107 tackles in 2012 were the second highest by an Alabama player in the past 25 years.  Had a key interception against LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.

 What they’re saying about him: 

  • NFL.com:  Exceptional instincts — triggers fast downhill. Outstanding urgency. Plays with very good knee bend, balance and base. Secure, drive-through tackler. Hits with explosion and jars ball carriers on impact. Excellent lateral agility — flows fast and ranges to the sideline.  Has a narrow build. Has been slowed by elbow, hip and shoulder injuries throughout his career and long-term durability will require thorough inspection by medical examiners. Gets hung up on the blitz (shoulder stiffness) and must learn how to use more finesse picking a side instead of relying on bull power and striking blockers down the middle.
  • CBSSports.com: 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. 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.

Video:

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Video Analysis:

  • This was an all-time classic college football game and Mosley rose to the moment.  He had a season high 10 solo tackles in this game despite the Alabama loss.
  • Auburn runs a lot of the read option and play a similar style offense to what the 49ers run. Mosley played well and gave good chase to  Marshall.
  • Look at the hit around 3:40.  A very violent but very clean collision.  Mosley is a hammer.
21

February

10 Players Packers Fans Should Watch at the NFL Combine

Cal tight end Richard Rodgers could be a good fit to replace Jermichael Finley in the upcoming NFL draft.

Cal tight end Richard Rodgers could be a good fit to replace Jermichael Finley in the upcoming NFL draft.

The NFL Scouting Combine starts on Saturday and Packers general manager Ted Thompson will be there to observe all of the young NFL hopefuls who could potentially fill holes on the Packers roster.

Yes, it’s that time of year where words like “athletic” and “upside” become part of our everyday vocabulary and we pay extra close attention to how long a player’s arms are and what kind of motor he has. Keeping track of everything going on at the NFL Combine and the buzz about various prospects can be overwhelming. That’s why ALLGBP.com is here to help.

I picked out 10 players to watch at the NFL Combine if you’re a Packers fan. I have no idea if Thompson himself will be closely watching these players over others, but these 10 players are a mix of possible first-round targets for the Packers, or mid-round picks that appear to have the tools to help the Packers in one way or another down the road.

Of course, after the NFL Combine wraps up, ALLGBP.com will have more NFL draft profiles on possible future Packers than you will be able to handle. For now, keep an eye on these 10 players and we’ll see if any of them wind up in Green Bay come April.

HaHa Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
The Packers need a safety and Clinton-Dix might be the best one in this draft class. Scouts rave about Clinton-Dix’s instincts when the ball is in the air and his ability to shift directions and accelerate. His tackling could use some work, but the Packers desperately need a safety who can close on the ball and help eliminate big plays in the opponent’s passing game. Based on what I’ve seen, it’s really hard to get over the top on Clinton-Dix. Teams have had no problems getting over the top on the Packers safeties ever since Nick Collins was injured. If you’re a Packers fan, you might actually hope Clinton-Dix has a poor showing at the combine to increase the chances that he’ll fall to the Packer at pick No. 21.