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4th Round: Auburn OT Brandon Mosley

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OVERVIEWIn just two short seasons, Mosley has not only transformed his body from 270 pounds to 318, he has also transformed his game, as he converted from tight end, to defensive end before arriving on Auburn's campus in 2010. The junior college recruit then made a rapid progression to the offensive line for the Tigers, going on to start his final 24 games in an Auburn uniform.

A relatively unknown prospect coming out of Jefferson High School player, he earned All-Region honors during his sophomore campaign. Over the next two seasons, he also competed as a punter and linebacker. As a senior, he was an All-Region defensive choice, adding first-team Class A All-State honors as a tight end, as the Dragons compiled an 8-4 record, finishing second in the Georgia 8A ranks in 2007. He also lettered in basketball, earning All-Region accolades in that sport.

When major colleges failed to recruit Mosley, he spent time at Georgia Military Institute in 2008 before enrolling at Coffeyville Junior College. In 2009, he saw action as both a tight end and defensive end for the Red Ravens. He was an All-Jayhawk Community College Conference selection on offense, as he snared twelve passes for 219 yards (18.3 ypc) and two touchdowns, in addition to posting 59 knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks. On the defensive side, he recorded 35 tackles (23 solos) with 3.5 stops-for-loss, two fumble recoveries and a blocked kick.

Mosley joined Auburn University in 2010, as he was originally recruited as a tight end, but he bulked up over the summer, reporting to August camp at 300 pounds. The coaches felt that the best way to capitalize on his blocking skills was to shift him to the offensive line. He quickly adapted to life in the trenches, and after serving as Lee Ziemba's back-up at left offensive tackle for the first three games, he replaced A.J. Greene in the lineup at right tackle.

The reason for the change was that Greene had given up five sacks in those three contests. In Moseley's final eleven games as the starting right tackle, the front wall was charged with only eighteen more sacks. The team's march to the national title saw the Tigers lead the Southeastern Conference and rank seventh in the nation with an average of 499.21 yards per game in total offense.

With the 2011 NFL Draft's top pick, Cam Newton now suiting up for Carolina, the Tigers offense struggled for an identity in 2011. The offense finished 100th among the 120 major colleges, averaging just 337.85 yards per game. The culprit for that drop from the previous season was the Tigers' inability to replace Newton in the lineup, as they averaged only 155.54 aerial yards per game (105th nationally).

Mosley was one of the few bright spots for the offensive unit, though. He produced 13 touchdown-resulting blocks with 99 knockdowns, leading the team in both categories. He also recorded tackles after interceptions by his opponents – one each in the Florida Atlantic and Arkansas contests. For his performance, the senior captured All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors.

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