A Scout's Take on How C.J. Mosley or Ryan Shazier Could Help the Packers

Bob FoxContributor IApril 5, 2014

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) lines up for the play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Chattanooga on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill

I had another opportunity to talk with scout Chris Landry on Friday on Steve Duemig's radio show, which was guest-hosted by Tom Krasniqi.

I wanted to get Landry's opinion about two linebackers who the Green Bay Packers may have an opportunity to select in the first round with pick No. 21 in the 2014 NFL draft.

The linebackers are C.J. Mosley from Alabama and Ryan Shazier from Ohio State.

Landry gave his take on both of them:

"Both are outstanding and are a little bit different."

I had written about both of these linebackers in a recent story about the best-case scenarios for the Packers in the upcoming draft which takes place starting on May 8.

Shazier had a very nice three-year career at Ohio State, where he had 317 tackles, 45.5 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks, one interception for a touchdown, 16 passes defended and nine forced fumbles.

The draft stock of Shazier is also on the rise due to his showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and also because of the blazing 4.36 (unofficial) 40-yard dash he ran at his pro day.

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First, Chris gave his take on Shazier:

"Shazier is a guy who is going to go in the first round, I agree with you. I think he's an athletic guy who can play over a tight end. He can find his landmarks in coverage. I think he's got some good rush ability. I think he represents a really good value, anywhere from the mid-to-late first round. I think he's a guy who can play Sam-backer. He can play inside and I think he can play a couple of positions."

Mosley also had a very nice career at Alabama, where he had 319 tackles, 23 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions (three for touchdowns), 24 passes defended, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.

Mosley was also part of two Alabama teams which won the BCS National Championship.

Landry had some glowing words as he talked about Mosley:

"C.J. Mosley is even more versatile. To me, he's kind of the new-age of linebackers, in that he can stay on the field for three downs. He's outstanding in coverage. He's got great pursuit speed. He's got really good instincts. He's a good tackler. I mean he can play the run and he can play the pass with equal effectiveness. Not any issues there. Doesn't play over a tight end as well. More of a weak-side guy. But he is someone who when you go up against spread offenses and some up tempo stuff, he's a guy who you don't have to worry about substituting for because he can run like a deer."

Chris then talked about the value of the Packers taking either Shazier or Mosley with the 21st pick in the first round.

"It would represent good value for either one. We have talked about safety and if (Calvin) Pryor is there. I would expect that Hasean, better known as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, will be gone. I think those are some ideas for the Packers at No. 21. But I think it represents good value for Mosley and Shazier if they were there."

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