The Ravens did not waste anytime making improvements on the defensive side of the ball, selecting Alabama’s leading tackler C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick in the NFL draft. This pick decided on a coin flip back at the NFL combine. If the Ravens would have won the coin toss many speculate that organization would have leaned towards OT Zack Martin from Notre Dame, a crucial need for the team heading into the draft. That did not happen, and the brass had to make the next best decision in either trading their 17th pick, or address another position. General Manger Ozzie Newsome said unless they had a “bonanza” of an offer, they were not going to trade the number 17th pick, being it was the highest draft position for the Ravens since 2008.
LB’er C.J. Mosley comes into a system that molded Ray Lewis into a two-time Super Bowl champion and pro bowl athlete at the tender age of 18. Now that he is first since Ray Lewis to be taken in the first round at his position, he has the mentality of a contributor and is not concerned about being compared to Ray Lewis.
“I’m not trying to go in there and be the next [No.] 52 or anything like that. I’m going in there to be C.J. Mosley and help the team win,” Mosley said.