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New York Giants Select C.J. Mosley from Alabama in Todd McShay’s First Mock Draft

December 20th, 2013 at 3:30 PM
By axr29

Earlier this week, ESPN's draft guru, Todd McShay, released his first mock draft of the year. In it he has the New York Giants selecting University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. The last two linebackers the Giants have taken in the first round were Carl Banks and Lawrence Taylor, so it has been a while especially for a team that once had one of the greatest linebacking corps in the history of the game. The Giants have not had succeed in drafting linebackers late  recently (Clint Sintim, Bryan Kehl, and Greg Jones). Before we jump into Mosley's credentials, lets take a look at McShay's analysis of the pick:

"The Giants need help on the offensive line, which is why Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Alabama's Cyrus Kouandjio will be options if they drop to them. But I actually think interior O-line is a bigger issue for New York, and when you draft this high in the order as rarely as the Giants do, you need to get more impact out of the pick than a guard. 

McShay is right that the Giants need to get impact from a top twelve pick, and they will be able to fill the guard hole in the second and third rounds. Needing to hit a home run and Jadeveon Clowney likely being off the board puts the Giants in a predicament. Do you reach for your bigger need of a guard or select Mosley or Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard? C.J. Mosley would be a great fit for the New York Giants and would fit nicely next to Jon Beason if he decides to return. He is a prototypical WILL linebacker at the NFL level, and given how much defensive coordinator Perry Fewell likes to drop linebackers into coverage Mosley would fit nicely into the system. 

A leader on the field and a three time BCS National Champion, Mosley is an intelligent football player with great instincts. He needs to improve on getting off of blocks when one on one, but that is really his only weakness. Mosley has great range when dropping into zone coverage and his ball skills are top notch for the linebacker position. Where Mosley really stars is versus the run, where he closes extremely fast and is always making plays outside of the tackle box. He is excellent at reading the run and staying home, so Mosley would be a great asset against teams like Carolina or San Francisco. He also blitzes with reckless abandon and loves to deliver the big hit.

Overall, C.J. Mosley would be an excellent pick for the New York Giants should he be available. His injury past (dislocated elbow, dislocated hip, and shoulder surgery) could be a concern, but Mosley only missed two games in his four year college career. Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers took a chance on former Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who had neck concerns going into the draft. Jones has played well, totaling 31 solo tackles so far this year.

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Tags: Bryan Kehl, C.J. Mosley, Carl Banks, Clint Sintim, Football, Greg Jones, Jarvis Jones, Jon Beason, Lawrence Taylor, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Taylor Lewan

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28 Responses to “New York Giants Select C.J. Mosley from Alabama in Todd McShay’s First Mock Draft”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    I am beginning to think the BPA approach is bad
    unless the guy is an LT/Andrew Luck-like flat out can’t miss stud, better to draft for need and need alone
    everything is such a crap shoot with the draft that drafting value over need can result in gaping holes in one unit; overloads in another, and too much wait for next year type of players

  2.  Nosh.0 says:

    This will never happen in a million years. Why do draft analysts always mock LB’s to the Giants. It makes them look like they don’t know what they’re doing, when in fact I’m sure McShay is pretty good at scouting and evaluating players. He and many others Just screw up on the individual pick which probably causes many readers to dismiss their evaluations entirely.

    On tackle prospects. Doesn’t seem like Leawan has slipped that much at all. Sure Mathews has separated himself but Leawan sounds like a top 10 pick. Add in the Alabama kid and Greg Robinson from Auburn and it looks like you have 4 legitimate first round tackle prospects. To me OT is the pick if the player grades out well.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      I think the Giants view Beatty and Pugh as their tackles. Even though people say Pugh could kick inside, I am not sure he has ever played guard.

  3.  Nosh.0 says:

    GOAT-
    Do you really think the Giants screwed up the Nicks contract situation? What exactly should the Giants have done? The kid hasn’t been a difference maker since week 2 last year. Do you really wish the Giants had paid him?

    I know there are some on here that still undervalue Cruz, but would you really have paid Nicks ahead of Cruz? In a bad year in which the QB and OL meltdown, Cruz goes for almost 1,000 yards and 73 catches. Oh and that’s with constant double teams. Nicks can’t beat single coverage from a teams #2 corner.

    If Nicks Giants career got screwed up, it was done so by his legs, nothing more.

  4.  Kettles78 says:

    I wouldn’t mind Mosley. I hope the Giants can draft an impact player in the first round. I am still a bit bothered by them wasting a 4th pick on a potential long term backup QB. Even though it was the 4th round there was still some value on the board.

    Hopefully they realize they need impact players who can step in sooner rather than later.

    •  LUZZ says:

      Yep. Bama guard was on the board and they went Nassib. That one kills me.

      •  Krow says:

        Then said their hope was that he never played a down. I think these guys get in a room together …and after a while they convince themselves that they’re smart.

  5.  LUZZ says:

    I am entertained by both Kiper and McShay. I think they are both pretty good at what they do. I know, I’m probably the only person other than Kiper’s mom that likes him, but hey, he made himself into a “draft pro” from scratch and he did it with shear competence. I admire that. Anyway, the Giants will NOT draft a LB in the first round this year. McShay screwed this one up. Way too many other needs, plus it’s not a highly valued position for us.

  6.  LUZZ says:

    Regarding the handling of Nicks… I don’t think the Giants screwed that up either. It was really a result of the CBA. Cruz’s contract was up and he needed to be resigned, Nicks had another year to go on his deal. That’s the way the NFL works. Why get Nicks off his rookie deal a year early? That wouldn’t have made sense.

    If anything, not paying Nicks looks to be the best way to have played the hand. Either he is mailing it in or his body isn’t right. Either way can’t pay a guy like that 12M a year.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      I was about to say that. Of all the bad things we did the last offseason, not paying Nicks was far and away the smartest move the Giants have made in a while. That and trading for Jon Beason.

  7.  kujo says:

    Really sucks to hear about Cruz being IRed, 7 yards short of his 3rd consecutive 1000 yard season. He was one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise desultory season.

    Heal up, Cruz. You’re about the only person who doesn’t need to hang their head in shame this offseason.

    •  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

      Deff sucks with the Cruz situation . 2 yards short of another 1000 yard season And gets injured on what’s probably gonna be his last catch attempt this season .
      My favorite player on the team by far because of his heart and passion he plays with every down. I hope he comes back strong next year and we get talent around him .

  8.  Krow says:

    The Giants most definitely screwed up with Nicks … pretty much the same way they screwed up with Bennett last year … buy waiting for free agency to hit before making an offer. They could have put an attractive package on the table for both of them when no other team could. Who knows how it would have worked out … but at least it would have shown good faith. Instead they squandered their leverage. Remember this when Linval Joseph signs somewhere else too. We could have extended him. Ripped up the last year of his contract and used it as leverage. But we didn’t. So in all probability we fuked that one up too. I don’t know why we keep doing this … but we do.

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      But how do you know the Giants didn’t make an offer to Nicks at some point that he rejected? I feel like there is this idea on here that Nicks would have been willing to sign some deal worth 5-6 mill per, and we have no idea if that’s the case.

      Also, given the way he’s played for almost 2 years now, I don’t know why you’d want him longterm, regardless of the salary.

      I think people are missing a big piece of the Bennet deal. Signing Marty B to a one year deal was just as beneficial to the Giants as it was the Unicorn. Because at the time Marty B had never been a full time starter at TE. His whole goal by signing a 1 year deal was to showcase himself so he could land a big contract.

      Point is, I don’t think we can assume Marty B signed a 1 year deal with the Giants because it was the only offer he got, or for the most money. I think a big reason he did it was because he knew it would be a great place to showcase himself for a season and then cash in. So I think the idea that we could have negotiated with Marty B say week 8 of 2012 is unrealistic. He always had his eye on free agency and cashing in.

      And, he’s not as good as his G101 perception would lead you to believe.

      •  Nosh.0 says:

        I guess I’m just saying, the Giants have screwed up a lot in terms of personnel the last couple of seasons. But I don’t believe Nicks or Bennett are one of those screw ups.

        Here’s the question regarding Joseph and other free agents to be. After 2012 would LJ been willing to negotiate a contract at a discount since he was a year away? Or being only a year out was his eye now on hitting UFA and cashing in to the highest bidder?

        The same question can be applied to JPP. Now would seem like a perfect time to negotiate long term while his value is low. But what if JPP is like “eft that, I’m gonna have a monster year then go get paid like Mario Williams.” What if these players actually have decided with their agents that it’s worth the risk of playing out a contract for the chance of landing big free agent $$$.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Remember back to last year Nicks didn’t want to talk contract because he knew negotiating back then because he felt he wouldn’t get fair value and he was thinking he would have a big year. The giants would of been more than happy to negotiate last year

  9.  Nosh.0 says:

    Nicks and his agent missed their leverage point. After 2011, Nicks was coming off 2 1,000 yard seasons and a Super Bowl. Mannigham had just left. He should have threatened a hold out then to get his money.

    Had he held out after 2011 I think he would have gotten a nice payday from us.

  10.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Nicks is done . He will finish the season with 0 TDs . I got money on it

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