Mosley Looking To Make Good On Pick

Although he expected to go much earlier in the draft, defensive tackle C.J. Mosley is using his fall among NFL teams as motivation to correct whatever flaws they saw in his game.

When speaking to rookies taken in the second day of the draft, a recurring theme is that most of them were hopeful – if not convinced – that they were going to be drafted long before they actually came off the board. Some are upset. Some are downright angry. Others accept how the die was cast and move on.

Missouri defensive tackle C.J. Mosley is one of those players. Projected by several scouting services, including the TFY Draft Guide, as being a potential first-day pick, the wait was long and tedious.

"I was projected to go higher, but it's the draft," Mosley said. "I'm just thankful for the opportunity and will use it as motivation."

Mosley had seen teammate and fellow defensive lineman Antiyyah Ellison go off the board late in the third round to Carolina and, considering that they were rated essentially equal by many scouts, he had hoped that his call would soon follow. The third round came and went with no call. As did the fourth round. And the fifth.

I thought (I'd go) late third or early fourth," Mosley said. "I couldn't tell you why (I dropped) but once I find out, I'll try to correct it and be the best player I can be."

With the knowledge that he would have lasted this long, Mosley admitted that he likely would have returned for his senior season. But with hindsight being 20/20, he plans to make the best of things and compete for a nose tackle job on the Vikings' defensive front.

"I feel I've got a lot to work to do," Mosley said. "I have a lot to prove."

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