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#191 - 6th Round - Minnesota, C.J. Mosley, DT, MISSOURI

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  1. Hostile

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    Vikings select...C.J. Mosley
    DT | (6'2", 314, 5.1) | MISSOURI
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    Strengths: Possesses good size, shows good power at the point of attack and can hold ground when he plays with sound technique. Has an explosive first step, does an adequate job of anticipating the snap count and is capable of shooting the inside gap. Plays under control in space and can make plays on the move. Takes adequate angles to the ball and shows excellent range for size. Shows good lateral mobility as a pass rusher, can redirect inside after starting outside and runs line stunts fairly well. Takes the shortest path to the quarterback and shows very good closing speed for size. Does an adequate job of getting hands up when doesn't get to the quarterback, has good height and is capable of tipping some passes at the line of scrimmage. Possesses adequate lower body strength and flashes the ability to collapse the pocket as a bull rusher. Is a young player that has shown progress during the course of college career and should only get better with added experience.

    Weaknesses: Doesn't play with great leverage, has problems holding ground working against double teams and gets driven back at times despite good combination of bulk and strength. Doesn't appear to play with great gap-discipline and creates running lanes when tries to avoid contact rather than squaring up. Can be overaggressive and gets caught out of position at times. Takes too long to shed blocks and doesn't use hands all that well as a run defender. Doesn't appear to give best effort on every play and is somewhat inconsistent.

    Overall: Mosley redshirted in 2001and started five of the 12 games he played in during the 2002 season. He started 11 of the 13 games he played in during the 2003 season, recording 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and six sacks. Mosley started 11 games in 2004, finishing the season with 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also blocked a kick. Mosley is a one-gap penetrating DT prospect with very good quickness and above average mobility for his size. He has the burst to make plays in the backfield and size to anchor against the run, which is why we feel he has the potential to develop into a starter in the NFL if put in the right scheme and properly coached. However, Mosley is a developmental prospect that needs to work on his technique and become more consistent  particularly versus the double team  before he starts pushing for significant playing time in the NFL. In our opinion, Mosley is worth taking a chance on somewhere in the third round range of the upcoming draft.

    * Player biographies are provided by Scouts Inc.

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