Mosley filled the role that Dont’a Hightower and Rolando McClain filled before him, but Mosley might be the best prospect of the three.
I have to admit, the only thing that makes me shy away from Mosley at all is the Steelers have a couple guys that might work out at ILB, like Sean Spence or Vince Williams… Whereas they’re very thin in the secondary.
As a prospect though, they don’t come much more complete than Mosley. Prior to his senior season I might have worried about him holding up against the run, but he improved a lot in his final college season.
Where CJ really excels is in coverage and athleticism. I’d have no anxiety with him covering a guy like Rob Gronkowski or Vernon Davis running down the seam.
He isn’t a thumper in the run game like Timmons is and could afford to put a little more meat on his frame, but he has great instincts and improved at shedding blocks and finding the ball carrier as a senior.
I think the way that more teams attack with the passing game, guys like Mosley become a great counter.
Mosley would allow Troy Polamalu to move back to the safety spot full time (because Mosley can stay out there on every down) and give Lawrence Timmons a little more time to free lance and take advantage of his own athleticism.
Grabbing guys from a defense as stacked as Alabama’s always worries me a little bit, because they’re so good as a unit it doesn’t require each individual to play as well…
Across the board though it’s hard to find holes in CJ’s game. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if he’s gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock at 15.
I think that there are bigger holes than ILB, but you can’t argue with grabbing a guy that appears to be low risk, and potentially high reward, especially in the first round.