May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; C.J. Mosley (Alabama) stands for photos with his jersey after being selected as the number seventeen overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens: C.J. Mosley - First Round Draft Selection

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The Baltimore Ravens selected C.J. Mosley with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Mosely is out of the University of Alabama and is an inside linebacker at 6’2” and 234 pounds.

Mosely’s name became more dominant in mock drafts and varied predictions over the final days leading up to the draft. Just days ago, Ozzie Newsome spoke in an interview of first looking for an inside linebacker when asked what he would be aiming for with this unusually high pick for the Ravens.

Mosely was the top tackler for Alabama in both his junior and senior years, with 107 and 108 tackles per season. He was a semifinalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus awards this past year – winning the latter. Here is a video of that event with some highlights.

Though considered to be a slightly undersized linebacker, Mosely will be a great addition to the Baltimore Ravens, without doubt. I would have taken a safety, but we’ll see how this turns out and how the remaining seven draft selections fill needs … like safety.

Still on the board at the time of the Ravens’ selection were both top-rated safeties – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Alabama (taken by the Packers at #21) and Calvin Pryor of Louisville who was picked by the Jets in the selection immediately following the Ravens.

The biggest surprise in the selections ahead of the Baltimore Ravens was seeing the Cleveland Browns take cornerback Justin Gilbert with the 8th pick – passing up on Jonny Manziel, for which Ravens fans may be thankful. … OK … I wrote that last sentence before the Browns were able to come back at selection #22 to still get Manziel. This has to be a good day for Cleveland.

A smaller surprise was the Chicago Bears taking local Mount St. Joseph’s product Kyle Fuller (cornerback) out of Virginia Tech with pick #14.

Also picking up a great corner was the Bengals with Michigan product Darqueze Dennard.

And a favorite of mine – wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State – was taken at #28 by Carolina. The Ravens have Steve Smith, so this is a move to meet a need there.

Here is the complete first round …

1

Houston Jadeveon Clowney

DE

South Carolina

6-5

266

2

St. Louis Greg Robinson

OT

Auburn

6-5

332

3

Jacksonville Blake Bortles

QB

UCF

6-5

232

4

Buffalo Sammy Watkins

WR

Clemson

6-1

211

5

Oakland Khalil Mack

OLB

Buffalo

6-3

251

6

Atlanta Jake Matthews

OT

Texas A&M

6-6

308

7

Tampa Bay Mike Evans

WR

Texas A&M

6-5

231

8

Cleveland Justin Gilbert

CB

Oklahoma State

6-0

202

9

Minnesota Anthony Barr

OLB

UCLA

6-5

255

10

Detroit Eric Ebron

TE

North Carolina

6-4

250

11

Tennessee Taylor Lewan

OT

Michigan

6-7

309

12

NY Giants Odell Beckham Jr.

WR

LSU

5-11

198

13

St. Louis Aaron Donald

DT

Pittsburgh

6-1

285

14

Chicago Kyle Fuller

CB

Virginia Tech

6-0

190

15

Pittsburgh Ryan Shazier

OLB

Ohio State

6-1

237

16

Dallas Zack Martin

OG

Notre Dame

6-4

308

17

Baltimore C.J. Mosley

ILB

Alabama

6-2

234

18

NY Jets Calvin Pryor

FS

Louisville

5-11

207

19

Miami JaWuan James

OT

Tennessee

6-6

311

20

New Orleans Brandin Cooks

WR

Oregon State

5-10

189

21

Green Bay Hasean Clinton-Dix

FS

Alabama

6-1

208

22

Cleveland Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

6-0

207

23

Kansas City Dee Ford

DE

Auburn

6-2

252

24

Cincinnati Darqueze Dennard

CB

Michigan State

5-11

199

25

San Diego Jason Verrett

CB

TCU

5-10

189

26

Philadelphia Marcus Smith

DE

Louisville

6-3

251

27

Arizona Deone Bucannon

SS

Washington State

6-1

211

28

Carolina Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Florida State

6-5

240

29

New England Dominique Easley

DT

Florida

6-2

288

30

San Francisco Jimmie Ward

SS

Northern Illinois

5-11

193

31

Denver Bradley Roby

CB

Ohio State

5-11

194

32

Minnesota Teddy Bridgewater

QB

Louisville

6-2

214

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