Texas A&M vs. Alabama NFL Draft Prospect Preview


Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) pressures Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest game of the college football season so far is merely a day away, and football fans across the globe are in for a real treat.

This is a revenge game for the Alabama Crimson Tide, who were upstaged and basically mystified at the abilities of Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies last year, as Manziel continued his remarkable run late last season beating Nick Saban’s crew.

This game features some top NFL talent, particularly at the QB position where both Manziel and Alabama signal caller A.J. McCarron both have a chance to be starting NFL quarterbacks sometime in the near future.

Alabama is certainly more well-known for putting talent into the NFL in recent years, but Texas A&M has been no slouch at all, sending in guys like Von Miler, Ryan Tannehill, Christine Michael, and Luke Joeckel just to name a few in recent years.

This promises to be a great college matchup with a lot of NFL talent, so scouts will be watching very closely to see how the players adjust to the pressure.

Here are the top prospects for this game by team:

Alabama Crimson Tide

We are still working on a top prospects page for Texas A&M, but don’t worry, it’ll be here soon! Here are some other Texas A&M related draft posts from us here at NFL Mocks:

Johnny Manziel’s Best NFL Team Fits

2014 Stock Report: Manziel Looks Like 1st Rounder

Here are a couple of samples of Alabama prospect profiles here at NFL Mocks that you can check out.

32 LB C.J. Mosley (6’2″ 232 pounds, SENIOR)

2013 pre-season report

We were looking for Mosley to break out as a junior in 2012, and that’s exactly what he did. After sharing the starting job with Nico Johnson, Mosley became a full time starter at WILB where he was absolutely dominant, earning consensus first-team All-American and All-SEC honors in his junior season. In his All-American season, he had 107 tackles, eight tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions, and a defensive touchdown on one of those picks. He was selected as the team’s defensive player of the week nine times last season, on a team that has stud after stud. This guy is the real deal, and he has scheme versatility. I think he is athletic enough to play OLB in a 4-3 defense, or could even play ILB in a four-man front. He is obviously well-versed in playing in a dominant 3-4 defense, so he could transition to the NFL and play in that scheme as well.

Does a good job of  taking on blocks and shedding linemen to make plays. Has good anticipation skills and doesn’t let very much get past him. Very good at making plays behind the line of scrimmage and being used in blitzing situations. This is a player that never comes off the field and has been called the most dynamic player on the Alabama defense. He can cover, he can make plays behind the line, and he can be a force against the run. This is just a really instinctive linebacker prospect who does a lot of things really well. He is a first-round caliber prospect because of his scheme diversity, athletic ability, and the fact that he never has to come off the field. I am really impressed by Mosley and I think he is going to be a top 50 pick when all is said and done.

13 CB Deion Belue (5’11″ 185 pounds, SENIOR)

This is a very talented former JUCO transfer to Alabama who started all 13 games last season and finished with 40 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, one fumble returned for a touchdown, as well as seven passes broken up. He was an All-American at the JUCO level who can also return punts and is really good with the ball in his hands. The only starting senior in the Alabama secondary going into 2013 has a chance to emerge as one of the best CB prospects in the SEC. Lean frame at 5’11″ 186 pounds, and good length allows him to break up a lot of passes even if he gets slightly beat on a play. I’m intrigued to see how he measures out at the Combine.