Crimson Tide linebacker has huge potential

C.J. Mosley, of the Alabama Crimson Tide, models a leather helmet after a recent win over Virginia...

C.J. Mosley, of the Alabama Crimson Tide, models a leather helmet after a recent win over Virginia Tech. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images-AFP)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 AM ET

Without a doubt, it’s a lofty comparison.

But there’s a chance C.J. Mosley could live up to it.

When the Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker was compared to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers playmaker Derrick Brooks, some sneered.

After all, what has the 6-foot-2, 238-pounder done to be compared to one of the top linebackers of his generation?

It’s not about what Mosley has done, but what he could do.

The weakside ‘backer has all the tools to be a playmaker of Brooks’ ilk, blessed with speed and awareness, as well as the ability to get into opposing teams’ backfields or drop into coverage.

Mosley had a tough game back in September when the Crimson Tide went into College Station and avenged last year’s loss to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, so there’s no doubt the potential top-15 pick in next year’s NFL Draft will want to make amends when No. 13 LSU slithers into Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday (5 p.m., CBS) to take on No. 1 Alabama.


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