Calvin Michael C.J. Mosley, Jr.
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6-2 ¾
Hometown: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Calvin Michael Mosley, Jr., is a player who is blessed with excellent size, speed and athleticism, all the tools you look for in a top-line player. He was a standout defensive lineman at Waynesville (Mo.) High School. He garnered all-state accolades in 2000 and was ranked among the top defensive line prospects in the country by Rivals.com. The three-time first-team all-district selection recorded 21 quarterback sacks and 267 tackles during his career. As a senior, he registered 97 tackles and 10 sacks. Mosley was also one of the top high school track athletes in the shotput, finishing third in the shot at the Missouri high school state meet in 2000.
In his first year at Missouri, the coaches decided to redshirt C.J. so he could improve his strength in the Tigers' conditioning program. He played in every game, starting the first three and final two contests of the 2002 season at nose guard. Mosley finished that year with 39 tackles (29 solos), three sacks, eight stops for losses, three pressures and a forced fumble. He started eleven games at nose guard in 2003, earning second-team All-Big Twelve Conference honors. C.J. was credited with a career-high 67 tackles (44 solos), as he produced six sacks, 16 stops behind the line of scrimmage and seven pressures.
In 2004, Mosley was a first-team All-Big Twelve selection by the Associated Press, as he was a lynchpin on a Tiger defense that ranked second in the league and 14th nationally in total yardage allowed (301.36 per game). Mosley helped Mizzou's defense become one of the nation's most improved, as he registered 61 tackles (38 solos) on the year, including 14 stops for losses, 12 pressures and 6.5 quarterback sacks. He also recovered two fumbles and was named the team's Defensive Lineman of the Year.
In 36 games at Missouri, C.J. started 27 times. He recorded 167 tackles (111 solos) with 15.5 sacks for minus-91 yards, 38 stops for losses of 137 yards, 22 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and a blocked kick.
Mosley has a developing frame with excellent quickness, functional strength and above average change of direction agility and flexibility. He could add at least another twenty pounds of bulk with no drop-off in speed. He shows a good burst in his movements, but would not consider it explosive. C.J. struggles some with double teams and is prone to get a little out of control. His momentum sometimes will see him get taking out of the play, as he does not have good stop-and-go action. He seems to be more effective at the nose, playing over the center one on one, as he shows the ability to get an edge on the shoulder of the blocker.
C.J. is a versatile player with experience at the nose and is a quick-twitch type with the ability to read keys and locate the ball. He can stack and flatten out when he plays at a low pad level, but when he gets high in his stance he does not react well to blocking pressure as he will let the opponents attack his feet or get into his body. He is the type of player that performs better on the move than when sitting and reading. He will hustle in pursuit to string plays out.
On the pass rush, C.J. can push the pocket and shows good swim, club, rip and counter moves to combine with his quickness to flush out and pressure the quarterback. His lateral agility is evident in his pursuit and he is a solid wrap-up tackler who does a good job of sliding laterally. He relies a lot on his quickness to get an edge, using his body control to lean and his spin moves to avoid the blocker when shooting the inside gaps.
Mosley has functional strength at the point of attack, but will struggle to disengage from combo blocks. He is better able to make plays vs. the run when on the move, stunting or slanting. He can get off blocks on occasion to make the inside play, but vs. the double team he needs to learn to defeat one blocker instead of trying to fight both.
He has a powerful hand swipe, but needs to use his hands more consistently to control and get off blocks. You can see that he has the ability to throw and jerk the blockers, but he sometimes stays on his blocks too long. Still, Mosley has surprising speed for a player of his size. He has good counter moves and is very effective coming off twists or in his bull rush. His quickness off the ball allows him to get up field and put steady pressure on the quarterback.
Mosley shows the instincts to locate the ball and he has the feet to work down the line. He shows the body control to lean and work the edge and can play with leverage. There is no doubt about his natural athleticism and talent, and his production is what it should be. C.J. is developing a good mental makeup in terms of instincts, because he is almost always the first defensive lineman moving at the snap and will not wait until he can see the ball clearly before he gets moving towards it. He just has that natural sense and feel for the ball.
He made marked improvement in 2004 in taking on the offensive guards at the point of attack, holding his ground and then using torque to toss the blocker and make the play. Mosley shows the body control and acceleration to close on the ball. He has the ability to flatten and squeeze vs. the down block and has developed better leverage vs. reach blocks. With added strength, combined with his natural speed, he could develop into a very effective under tackle at the next level.
No injuries reported.
4.99 in the 40-yard dash … 380-pound bench press … 535-pound squat … 328-power clean … 29½-inch vertical jump … 32 3/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.
Attended Warrensville (Mo.) High School, playing football for coach Rick Vernon … Earned
All-state accolades in 2000 and was ranked among the top defensive line prospects in the country according to Rivals.com … Three-time first-team all-district choice who recorded 21 quarterback sacks and 267 tackles during his three-year career … Recorded 97 tackles and 10 sacks … Was also one of the top high school track athletes in the shot put, as he finished third in the shot at the Missouri high school state meet in 2000.
Hotel and Restaurant Management major … Son of Calvin, Sr. and Angela Mosley … Father is in the U.S. Army … Born Calvin Michael Mosley, Jr., on Aug. 6, 1983 … Resides in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
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