Many Miami Dolphins have a theory - and I'm not dispelling that theory by the way - that every single Alabama football player that makes the step up to the NFL fails. Apparently Nick Saban pushes his players so hard that their bodies become brittle.
This year's case in point was tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who failed multiple medical examinations at the NFL Combine. Last year Jesse Williams was a Super Bowl Champion with the Seattle Seahawks without even stepping onto the field.
But others players dispute that theory. Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy made the Pro Bowl in 2014, D.J. Fluker performed solidly on the offensive line for San Diego, and Mark Barron has played well in one of the league's worst defenses in Tampa Bay.
This year the media and fans alike are speculating that C.J. Mosley will be the latest Alabama player to succumb injury early in his NFL career. While it's true that Mosley withstood multiple injuries in College, including dislocations of his elbow (in his freshman year) and hip (sophomore year), he had no red flags in the rigorous medical examinations (including an MRI and X-Ray) at the NFL combine.
In fact, it could be argued that even with his injuries of the past, Mosley is worth selecting at No.19 in the NFL draft because his play on the field warrants it. Not only is Mosley most probably the best tackler out of this linebacker class, but he also possesses recognition beyond his years and the athleticism to play sideline to sideline. In short, C.J. Mosley has the potential to be the leader of our defense, something not one Miami Dolphin could do last year.
But why would the Miami Dolphins select him at No.19?
Before free agency, even I believed it was unthinkable that Miami would draft a middle linebacker in the draft. But the moves General Manager Dennis Hickey has made in free agency puts the franchise in a great position to draft for talent, instead of need.
With the additions of Branden Albert, Earl Mitchell, Randy Starks, Brent Grimes, Louis Delmas, Shelley Smith and Cortland Finnegan, the only glaring needs on the team appear to be one of the guard positions and right tackle, while tight end and running back shouldn't be ruled out either.
The question of who Miami selects then comes purely down to the best player. Is C.J. Mosley the best player that may be available at No.19? He's a playmaker, a leader and an instant upgrade on the roster. His presence will not only help prevent the run, but will also improve our coverage. Suddenly our secondary and defensive line becomes a lot more solid with a quality addition at middle linebacker.
Of course this is only speculation, but there's a great case that C.J. Mosley should be the player the Miami Dolphins select in the 2014 NFL Draft. Do you agree?