- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the NFL scouting combine set to begin this week, we're taking a look at a handful of prospects the New York Giants might consider with the No. 12 pick in the first round. Today's entry is someone I don't think there's any chance they'll take, but I guess you never know.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Why they'd take him: They appear to be trying to re-sign linebacker Jon Beason before he hits the free-agent market, but (a) they might not be able to do that and (b) it's not as though they couldn't use linebacker help on either side of Beason if they did. The Giants have ignored this position almost aggressively over the past few years and historically don't seem to value it enough to use this high a pick on it. But Mosley is a do-everything linebacker prospect who could anchor the position for them for a long time. It's possible that the way Beason played for them this season opened their eyes to the importance of the position relative to their previous opinion on the matter.
Where he ranks: Our pre-draft rankings have him as the No. 7 overall player and the No. 1 inside linebacker. Mel Kiper's latest mock draft has him going No. 12 to the Giants, and Mel knows the history. Todd McShay's latest mock draft has Mosley going No. 8 to the Vikings.
Something positive (via ESPN's scouting report): "Upper-echelon range versus run. Consistently makes plays outside tackle box. Very good closing burst. Smooth athlete."
Something negative: "Struggles to get off blocks versus most offensive linemen when isolated in a phone booth, but is showing improved savvy with more game experience."
History: The last time the Giants took a linebacker in the first round was 1984, when they took Michigan State's Carl Banks with the No. 3 overall pick. Maybe 30 years is long enough to stick to your guns on something like this, but I wouldn't hold my breath.