The Baltimore Ravens made their first-round selection on Thursday night, taking C.J. Mosley out of Ozzie Newsome’s alma mater, the University of Alabama. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Ravens, but in the meantime, here are five things to know about the newest Ravens inside linebacker:
1. Mosley was given a first round draft grade after his junior season at Alabama, but elected to return for his final year, saying he had unfinished goals and wished to earn his degree.
2. As a freshman on the 2010 Alabama team, Mosley finished with the third most tackles (67), despite not starting any games.
3. Mosley has already had two separate surgeries in his football career. The first was for a dislocated hip, and the second was to clean up some damage on his right shoulder. He has also had a dislocated elbow.
4. Earned an unfair label as only a “nickel” linebacker because he was so good in coverage, however, he proved his capability as a run stopper and started his final two seasons as a true three-down linebacker.
5. Alabama head coach, Nick Saban, had this to say about Mosley after the coach called a fake punt that required his inside linebacker to hand the ball off:
“I trust C.J. to do anything. Watch my kids, take care of my house. So a (punt) fake is not much. C.J. is just so conscientious about everything does that you know he’s going to execute and do it exactly like you told him to do it. He did a good job.”