Baltimore Ravens: Five Midseason Awards

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Rookie of the Midseason: C.J. Mosley 

Sep 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) is congratulated by linebacker

Elvis Dumervil

(58) after recovering a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

It seems obvious that the first-round pick should be the best rookie on the team, but Mosley has even exceeded his high expectations.

Mosley is certainly in the conversation (and many believe in the lead) for Rookie of the Year.

Mosley had all of the intangibles to be a top five overall pick, but he did have a lingering knee injury and some teams do worry about the intense strain Alabama puts on their players at their program. Also, many teams towards the top of the draft had ILB as one their biggest needs.

The Ravens’ front office of Eric DeCosta and Ozzie Newsome stuck to their best-player-available strategy and swooped up Mosley at pick number seventeen. That pick has certainly paid dividends thus far.

Mosley has racked up 76 combined tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, two interceptions and six pass deflections. Mosley has been very solid in coverage, but is also stout in the run game. Overall, he is the complete package at middle linebacker and looks to be a Pro Bowler for years to come.