Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley has proven to be one of the top linebackers in his class, and despite a heap of off the field attention, his game tape seems to speak for itself. Recent news out of Cleveland that they have cut ties with their former veteran pro-bowl middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson has raised some questions in the draft community. The Browns have been fortuitous enough to have two first round selections in this year’s 2014 NFL Draft. While many seem bent on Cleveland selecting a quarterback, the glaring need at linebacker may be the way to go in the first round.
At the combine, many questions arose about Mosley’s injury history, and whether or not that would be a problem moving forward. Skill set wise, Mosley shows good speed, with sideline-to-sideline range. If Cleveland can overlook the injury history of Mosley, he could very well be their second first-round selection.
The Cleveland Browns are a talented franchise, and are one quarterback away from becoming a serious team in the NFL. With Joe Haden, TJ Ward, Phil Taylor, and Jabaal Sheard on defense, Cleveland has the pieces on defense to contend in the AFC North. While adding a quarterback in the first round may be a need, there is not enough value at the position to take one. A quarterback such as Tajh Boyd can be taken in the mid rounds, or even bringing in Michael Vick could possibly remedy the situation. The depth at the linebacker spot is non-existent in this year’s class, especially at the inside spot. Taking Mosley in the first would prove to be a better long haul option.