With all of their holes on defense, the Dallas Cowboys could take the “best player available” approach in this year’s NFL Draft. Most mock drafts have the Cowboys selecting Aaron Donald, Kony Ealy, or Calvin Pryor. While all three of those players will fill needs, Mosley may end up being the best defensive player in this draft class not named Jadeveon Clowney. Many will not see the need at linebacker, but Mosley would be a nice player on this defense. Something to remember is that he could come in day one and be a starter.
The Cowboys have two potential stars in Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, but they have failed to stay healthy in the past two seasons. When they are on the field, Dallas’ run defense is top-notch. But when they were off the field in 2013, Dallas had to rely on the likes of Kyle Bosworth and Cameron Lawrence to be the starters. Bosworth and Lawrence were both brought in to be special teams player, so it is easy to see why Dallas struggled against the run after Lee and Carter went down.
In 2013, Carter regressed from his 2012 season. Many believed that Carter would have a breakout year playing as a weakside linebacker in the 4-3 defense. Mosley can play strongside linebacker or weakside linebacker, and that makes him even more valuable to an NFL defense. There have been rumors that Dallas will move Carter to strongside linebacker. If he doesn’t work out there, he will most likely be released by Dallas.
Cowboy fans may not like Mosley in the first round because fans believe DeVonte Holloman can turn into a stud. I’m a big fan of Holloman, but he has problems against the run. In the passing game, Holloman is athletic enough to stick with slot receivers. Mosley is well-rounded. He is stout against the run, and he is underrated in coverage too. I’m not a big fan of Mosley in the first round, but he would be a good addition to a defense that is lacking overall talent.