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The New Orleans Saints had an exceptional year on the defensive side of the ball in 2013, and the acquisitions of FS Jairus Byrd and CB Champ Bailey adds even more of a superior presence. Why not affix more talent into an already electric squad?
Curtis Lofton is locked in as the starter at one of the two inside linebacker jobs; he has led the team in tackles since arriving in 2012. What about David Hawthorne? What about bringing in a little competition from this year’s draft to battle for that starting role opposite Lofton, or maybe just even adding a little depth to a position where New Orleans could use it?
That’s where Alabama‘s C.J. Mosley enters the scenario. The 2013 Butkus Award winner (nation’s top linebacker) would add immediate depth to the Saints’ roster and could maybe even earn a starting spot. Mosley played all four years at Alabama earning Freshman All-American, two First-Team All-SECs, two Consensus All-Americans, and a SEC Defensive Player of the Year award. Not to mention, two BCS National Championships.
During his four years with the Crimson Tide, Mosley racked up 319 total tackles (23 for loss), 6.5 sacks, five interception and two touchdowns. He is a force to be reckoned with and would be an amazing addition to the middle of the field with Lofton, Byrd and Vaccaro. Mosley has just about everything a coach wants from a player; he is instinctive, strong, explosive and a leader on the field. Playing under a coach like Nick Saban can certainly prepare an athlete for taking the next step into the NFL.
Different analysts from around the country have Mosley all over the draft board, going anywhere from 13th to 29th. Because of his smaller structure and proneness to injury, there’s a chance that Mosley falls into the lap of the Saints. If that is the case, then it would be tough for GM Mickey Loomis and Coach Sean Payton to pass on an athlete of C.J. Mosley’s caliber at pick 27.