SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 3 CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama (SR)
2013 stats: 108 tackles, 9 TFL, 10 QB hurries, 1 FF
Why he’s No. 3: The 2013 Butkus Award winner, first-team All-American and co-Defensive Player of the Year has been a backbone of the Alabama defense for the last two years. On top of the personal accolades, Mosley exits Alabama as a two-time BCS Championship winner and the game’s MVP against Notre Dame.
Mosley has posted two straight 100-plus-tackle seasons and exited both seasons as a first-team All-American. Not only does Mosley have a nose for the ball carrier and fully grasps what his team is trying to accomplish on defense, but he plays so well in coverage. He leaves Alabama with three INTs returned for touchdowns, which ties an Alabama record.
Mosley always seems to be actively around the football, blitzes well and is a leader for the defense. His game translates well into the NFL, and he reminds of former Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Returning unexpectedly for his senior season, Mosley called the plays, made all the checks and became a big-time leader that NFL scouts and GMs want on their defense.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 4: South Carolina QB Connor Shaw
- No. 5: Missouri DE Michael Sam
- No. 6: Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews
- No. 7: LSU RB Jeremy Hill
- No. 8: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
- No. 9: Georgia QB Aaron Murray
- No. 10: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- No. 11: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
- No. 12: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
- No. 13: LSU WR Odell Beckham
- No. 14: South Carolina RB Mike Davis
- No. 15: Missouri DE Kony Ealy
- No. 16: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
- No. 17: Missouri RB Henry Josey
- No. 18: Alabama QB AJ McCarron
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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