C.J. Mosley the perfect fit to replace Ray Lewis?

After winning Super Bowl XLVII, future hall of fame inductee, and arguably the best inside linebacker of all time, Ray Lewis decided to hang it up and retire after an illustrious seventeen year career. Drafted with the twenty-sixth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft out of the University of Miami, Lewis led the Raven franchise to two Super Bowl wins, quarterbacking some of the NFL’s best defenses during his tenure. While they lost Lewis to retirement, they also lost their other starting inside linebacker, Denell Ellerbee via free agency to the Miami Dolphins. They signed veteran linebacker Daryl Smith, and he had a pretty good season for a thirty-one year old guy coming off of a serious groin injury which caused him to miss fourteen games in 2012. So good that the Ravens signed him to a four year deal.

The Ravens play a base 3-4 defense, meaning that they play with two inside linebackers. Philadelphia’s own Jameel McClain played alongside Smith, but was a non-factor. So going into the 2014 NFL Draft, inside linebacker was definitely a need for the Ravens. With the seventeenth pick of the draft, general manager Ozzie Newsome pulled the trigger, drafting Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.

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