NFL Mock Draft 2014: Cleveland Browns Select C.J. Mosley

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With the twenty-sixth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the Cleveland Browns (represented by Shadow Flash) select...

C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

C.J. Mosley is tailor-made for the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns, in this draft scenario, have lost out on their top-4 quarterback options. But never fret. There are some value plays at the position waiting for them in the second round: McCarron, Mettenberger, Garroppolo (but not Tom Savage, never Tom Savage, don't get the hype about Tom Savage), to name a few. They can scoop up a quarterback in the second and go for a strong running back with the pick after (Jeremy Hill, anyone?). So it's time to once again stick to best player available.

And my what a BPA this is. Surely no one imagined the best open field tackler in the draft falling this far?  The best inside linebacker in the draft? The Butkus Award winner and SEC Defensive Player of the Year? The Browns ought to sprint to the podium to get Mosley if he is available here. They signed Karlos Dansby, but they do still have a need at the position, and let's not forget that Dansby is no spring chicken either. Plug and play Mosley into an already formidable defense that includes the likes of Joe Haden, Donte Whitner, Paul Kruger, and friends.

The knocks on Mosley include his slight frame, durability questions, and some refinement of technique as well as concerns about his coverage ability (and he's actually not all that bad in coverage to begin with). But those are all weakness that can be fixed with time and coaching. Focus on his strengths: the instincts, the tackling, the agility, the strength that makes up for his size, the run defense, and the character and leadership. Bottom line is that Mosley will be a plug-and-play starter with Pro-Bowl potential (for whatever that's worth anymore).

Don't overthink this Cleveland. SEC! SEC! SEC!

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
2 St. Louis Rams DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina Kevin Sean Held 57%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Alex Swift 59%
4 Cleveland Browns WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson Shadow Flash 80%
5 Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Khannar 71%
6 Atlanta Falcons OT Greg Robinson - Auburn Dave Choate 80%
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blake Bortles - UCF russty 31%
8 Minnesota Vikings CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St. JackMarzullo 50%
9 Buffalo Bills OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M Letloosethedogsofwar 88%
10 Detroit Lions WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M Monkey Poop Battle 49%
11 Tennessee Titans LB Anthony Barr - UCLA Lostastic 60%
12 NY Giants TE Eric Ebron - UNC Khannar 78%
13 St. Louis Rams S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama hooahsaint2.0 74%
14 Chicago Bears NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh BlackandGold4ever 82%
15 Pittsburgh Steelers NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame saintmanumit 36%
16 Dallas Cowboys DE Kony Ealy - Missouri Ryan Edwards 63%
17 Baltimore Ravens OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan Tee Word 66%
18 NY Jets CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State Monkey Poop Battle 62%
19 Miami Dolphins OL Zack Martin - Notre Dame Letloosethedogsofwar 74%
20 Arizona Cardinals QB Derek Carr - Fresno State Alex Swift 72%
21 Green Bay Packers S Calvin Pryor - Louisville BlackandGold4ever 81%
22 Philadelphia Eagles WR Marqise Lee - USC organictallman
23 Kansas City Chiefs WR Brandin Cooks - Oregon St. coldpizza
24 Cincinnati Bengals DT Ra'Shede Hageman - Minnesota coldpizza
25 San Diego Chargers WR Kelvin Benjamin - Florida St. Lostastic
26 Cleveland Browns ILB C.J. Mosley - Alabama Shadow Flash
27 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
28 Carolina Panthers
Ryan Edwards
29 New England Patriots
Shadow Flash
30 San Francisco 49ers
saintmanumit
31 Denver Broncos
Alex Swift
32 Seattle Seahawks
saintmanumit
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