The New York Giants wouldn't actually draft a linebacker in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft? Would they? Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley told media members Wednesday afternoon during a Play 60 draft event that the Giants "told me they were interested."
"They pretty much said that if I get to them, they'd be looking for me to be on the field starting the first game.
"So, I mean, they're pretty much saying that if I get drafted, they're not looking for me to sit on the bench. And I'm not looking to have that, either."
The Giants, of course, have not selected a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984. Taking either Mosley or UCLA's Anthony Barr [Barr interview] would seem like a backup plan rather than a first option for the Giants at No. 12. The more likely option for the Giants seems to be upgrading their offensive line or receiving corps in the first round.
In Mosley's case the Giants would have to be convinced that after playing in the middle at Alabama he could transition to the outside at the NFL level. The Giants, of course, re-signed middle linebacker Jon Beason during free agency.
Mosley believes he can:
"I can play outside," Mosley said. "At Alabama we were versatile on defense, I've been an outside linebacker in some cases, and inside linebacker in others. I can play both Mike and Will. I pretty much play anything except for hybrid linebacker with my hand in the dirt."