The Baltimore Ravens once again got great value with their first-round pick. A defense that saw a lot of turnover a season after winning a Super Bowl added a leader and top playmaker at the inside linebacker position with C.J. Mosley.
Mosley is considered the best middle linebacker in this draft. He was a guy that could’ve easily been a top-10 pick. He was a leader and the best player on a Nick Saban-led Alabama defense. That’s great value at pick 17.
The Ravens are a storied franchise defensively. With all their turnover including the loss of veteran leaders Ray Lewis and Ed Reed after their Super Bowl win in 2013, the Ravens failed to make the playoffs. That changes with Mosley. The linebacker will not only fill the void in the locker room, but on the field as well.
Mosley is an every-down type linebacker who has sideline-to-sideline speed, holds up in coverage, and can make plays on the ball. He is a smart player who will be a coach on the field, and stuff running plays like Lewis used to.
After taking Matt Elam in the first round last year, the Ravens are once again stocking up a defense that can turn into a top unit. With Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil already on the roster, this unit can return to being one of the most dominant in the NFL.