Wrapping up our weeklong look at five possibilities for the Tennessee Titans at No. 11, in no particular order.
Monday was UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Tuesday was Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Wednesday was North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and Thursday was Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
Today we wrap up with ...
Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley
The good: Has a great football IQ that helps him consistently diagnose plays, find the ball and make big plays. Draws comparisons to Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David, an excellent player.
The bad: We’ll hit on his injury history below. Outside of that it’s hard to find his downside. No. 11 might be too high for an inside linebacker, a position that is not often super-valued in the draft.
Room for him: The Titans have a lot of guys to sort through for inside linebacker spots. But beyond free-agent addition Wesley Woodyard, none are proven in a 3-4. Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy, Moise Fokou and Zaviar Gooden all have question marks. Mosley would leap ahead of any of them.
How ESPN.com’s resident scout, Matt Williamson, sees him fitting with the Titans: “I love this pick for the Titans. To me, this defense needs a leader and a face of the defense, which describes Mosley to a 'T.' He is highly productive, versatile and really has no holes in his game on the field. Durability is his only real question mark.
Positives from our scouting report: Rates as exceptional in production, intangibles and range against the run. Consistently makes plays outside tackle box. Has a good feel for scraping down the line and sifting through traffic. Outstanding closing speed to ball carrier.”
Negatives from our scouting reports: Rates as below average in durability. “Missed two games in 2011 (Florida, Vanderbilt) with a dislocated elbow. Also dislocated his hip in BCS national championship game that season. Returned to play in all 14 games (11 starts) in 2012. Underwent right shoulder surgery following the 2012 season, which limited his participation in 2013 spring practices. Started all 13 in 2013.”
Likelihood in my eyes he’s available at No. 11: High.