Back during the Scouting Combine, an unsettling report surfaced from ESPN’s Louis Riddick, who said that Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and C.J. Mosley–both first round prospects–had legitimate health concerns, with teams wondering if they’d make it out of rookie camp, or at best their rookie contracts.
A second report has now emerged on Mosley from WalterFootball.com, saying that teams may pass on Mosley because of need as well as his injury history.
“One of the concerns with Mosley has to do with an injury. Teams believe that there could be a knee issue and are unsure about Mosley’s health. Mosley didn’t work out at the Combine, so that puts more pressure on him to perform well at his pro day and look healthy. The medical evaluations by the different teams’ medical staffs will be critical.”
It’s even more concerning considering Alabama has had a really bad track record in the Nick Saban era with the health of their top young prospects, including guys like Trent Richardson, Dre’ Kirkpatrick, Eddie Lacy, Dee Milliner, Barrett Jones, etc. The list goes on. Obviously some of those big names are still making contributions in the NFL and Lacy even was this year’s rookie of the year, but the concerns appear to be legitimate.
WF’s report on Mosley says that a ‘playoff team’ thinks he will be there for their pick, that they have a need at the position, and they think he will be there when they line up to pick. They also report that a team picking higher believes he will be there with their second round pick.
This could be all smoke and mirrors but two reports on Mosley’s long-term health being a concern are not encouraging. Here’s hoping he clears the air at his pro day, and proves he’s healthy and ready to be the top inside linebacker we know he’s capable of being.