NFL Draft Profiles: Inside Linebackers For The Chiefs To Consider

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) runs toward Oklahoma Sooners ball carrier during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


HEIGHT: 6-2 WEIGHT: 234 COLLEGE: Alabama

40 TIME: 4.63 BENCH: n/a 3-CONE: 7.30

General consensus seems to be Mosley is the best inside linebacker in the draft, who could find himself going with one of the top 10 picks overall. However, his stock has been dropping of late due to concerns about injuries and the medical information that has been gathered about him. There also seems to be a stigma around Alabama linebackers that they come to the NFL beat up.

Assuming good health, Mosley has the best chance of filling the Derrick Johnson role of all the other linebackers in the draft. He’s not as athletic as Johnson, but he is very physical and can make plays.

Mosley gives the Chiefs a quality inside linebacker to play more of their base 34 defense. He’s not great in coverage at the moment, but he’s not a liability either. His physical nature should also be useful in creating pressure up the middle while blitzing.

Here’s Rob Rang on Mosley.

The leader of the Crimson Tide’s suffocating defense, Mosley is highly thought of among the scouting community and could end up as a top 10 pick in May. Mosley is as well-rounded and disciplined a linebacker as this draft class has to offer.

Mosley is expected to be a first round pick but some rumors have him falling into the second round.

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  • KCMikeG

    Andrew Jackson WKY – UDRFA who will be a great player.

  • berttheclock

    Ah, love that note on Christian Jones of “has speed to chase down the action”.

    That is the one flaw I see in Nico Johnson, He does not have speed and a large range.

  • berttheclock

    Love to see those 5.5 sacks by Skov the year after returning from an injury.

    However, the Stanford player I’m really going to watch is Skov’s team mate, Trent Murphy. He has played both DE and OLB. Considered by many to be a tweener and not athletic, but, he had 15 sacks last season for Stanford and 23.5 drops for a loss. Rob Rang compares him to his seeing Jared Allen coming out of Idaho State. Real meanness and plays with a very tough attitude Steer wrestler, yet, doesn’t appear to be particularly strong

  • CaliChief57

    I think Shazier should be put on this list also! In the nfl he will more likely be a ILB due to his short stature for a OLB, and he gots the speed to cover.

  • Drewfish

    What about Morris from Iowa he was a 3-4 year starter who plays decent coverage and is pretty athletic. Him and Kirksey were a huge of the Iowa d success.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Christian Jones has been my sleeper stud of the draft from day one. His versatility is tremendous. He is fast, quick and strong. He has the height to cover the taller TEs that little EB has had to cover. Depending on draft grades I would not care one bit if they took him in round 1. In mocks he is anywhere from early rd 2 to late 3rd. If KC could trade back and grab him that would be awesome. I say play him inside with DJ and we would have a fantastic athletic 4 LBs. Bob could blitz anytime anywhere. Bring the heat!!