Alabama's C.J. Mosley has answers ready for medical questions

Anniston StarMarch 13, 2014 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The only question surrounding former Alabama C.J. Mosley heading into the pre-draft process was his medical history.

Mosley has had his fair share of injuries. As a freshman, he dislocated his elbow. As a sophomore, he dislocated his hip in the national championship game. He also had a minor procedure done on his shoulder heading into last season.

But to prepare himself for all of the questions he'd received from team doctors, Mosley took it upon himself to get everything looked at shortly after the Crimson Tide's season ended. That includes X-rays and MRI's on every part of his body that he injured during his four-year career.

So when it came time for all of his physical examinations, Mosley knew he had a clean bill of health.

"I really wasn't worried about it, but I already knew I played with it and already had the results back in January," Mosley said at Alabama's pro day. "The scouts, they wanted to check everything and make sure there weren't any risks. I understand where they were coming from. But they got the same test (results) that I got."

Mosley laughed when asked if the exams were thorough.

"The more injuries you have, the longer you're going to be in the hospital," he said.

With the medicals behind him, Mosley was able to focus on showing scouts why he's on the of the top linebackers in the draft. Mosley is considered by many to be the best inside linebacker and the third best linebacker prospect behind Buffalo's Khalil Mack and UCLA's Anthony Barr. Mosley is a lock to be a first-round pick in May's draft.

In their latest mock drafts, ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both have the Baltimore Ravens taking Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick.

Mosley's skill set translates well to the way the NFL has moved in recent years. With more offenses becoming pass happy, linebackers who can stop the run and run in coverage are becoming more valuable. Mosley said he feels he came along at the right time with the way the league has changed.

When asked if he's the best linebacker in the draft, Mosley wouldn't go that far.

"I think I'm one of the best. I'm not bragging on who I am or what I do," he said. "If I say that I'm not one of the top linebackers then I probably wasn't and I'd be disappointed in myself because I know the work that I put in.

"I know the type of player and the type of person I am and what I bring to the table."

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