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Dick Butkus gives backing to 2014 draft prospect C.J Mosley

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C.J Mosley marshaled the Alabama Crimson Tide defense superbly in his senior season in college football and his skills are set to be rewarded with a first round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Mosley won the Butkus Award for the best linebacker in all of the college game, and the man whom the award is named after, gave Mosley a great big thumbs up as he is about to enter pro football.

"Whoever gets C.J. Mosley in the draft is going to be pretty damn lucky," said Dick Butkus. "C.J. is a serious kid who is not flamboyant.

His approach was my approach: 'Go about your business. Let your actions speak for you.' Any 4-3 team that wants that talented middle linebacker is going to be really happy with him."

Butkus played college ball at the University of Illinois and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. 

He was selected with the 3rd pick in the 1965 NFL draft and played eight seasons with the Chicago Bears, being named to the Pro-Bowl in every single one of those years, whilst being named an All-Pro six times in his career. Butkus was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and was rated the 10th best player of all time by

If C.J Mosley can get anywhere remotely near to that level then he will have a great career in the NFL.

Former coach Nick Saban also had great words to say about his former protege.

Whilst Mosley is a quiet player, Saban says that shouldn't be regarded as a lack of leadership, but quite the opposite.

"This year's team needed leadership. I brought him in and said, 'C.J., I know you're uncomfortable talking at all. But we need you to develop some relationships, be a leader and affect other people by showing them you're willing to serve them, help them be better players,' And the guy was fabulous," Saban told USA Today. "Most guys his age would say, 'Oh coach, that's not me.' Not him."

Mosley has come in for a lot of lately, and with being predicted to go number 11 in the draft by some experts, he's going to be an asset to the team that gets him.

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