Pittsburgh Steelers, 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, Seven Rounds

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Round 1.
C.J. Mosley
Linebacker, Alabama

I will be really interested to see what Pittsburgh’s brass does if C.J. Mosley falls to them at number 15 overall in the first round. While inside linebacker is not an enormous need, the Steelers could solidify their depth there for the next decade if they select the Alabama linebacker.

An adept pass defender, I have witnessed Mosley making plays on balls thrown 15-20 yards down the field. In addition, I have seen Mosley stick with tight ends and backs who would normally burn inside linebackers on short and intermediate routes. Mosley would instantly provide Pittsburgh’s linebacker corps with the type of pass defender they thought they had in Sean Spence before the latter was injured in the preseason finale of his rookie season.

Although Mosely could use some work on his block-shedding, he is a technically sound tackler who is more than adept at playing against the run. Mosely led his team in tackles (108) this fall and even set a career-high in tackles for loss (9.0) to boot. A threat to blitz through the A-Gap as well, the Alabama linebacker even racked up 6.5 sacks during his collegiate career and led his team with 10 quarterback hurries in 2013.

Of course, the question of How often will Mosley play? as a rookie will cross the minds of many if he is indeed selected. Dick LeBeau is still the defensive coordinator of this team, and I have a hard time believing that any rookie will significant playing time unless injuries ravage or a complete lack of personnel exist at a particular position.

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