Yesterday FanSided’s own Josh Sanchez put together his latest mock draft, and he goes with a surprising player for New England.
Sanchez has linebacker C.J. Mosley going to the Pats. Mosley is projected to be an inside linebacker according to most draft analysts, although he has shown that he can be versatile at the same time.
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.
The Patriots definitely have a need at linebacker, but I don’t think it is a first round need. They have a quality starting group in Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, and Jerod Mayo, and while it is tempting to add Mosley to that group, I think they have bigger areas to address in that first round.
As I said, the Pats do need a linebacker, so there is a connection with these two. Not to mention Bill Belichick’s love for players that come out of Alabama. But I don’t think they should address this on day one of the draft (although Belichick always does the unexpected, so maybe Mosley will end up in Foxboro next year).