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Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0 reax: Ravens

By Jamison Hensley

ESPN's Todd McShay went outside the box in his latest mock draft, picking Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley to go to the Baltimore Ravens.

Most mock drafts have the Ravens selecting tight end Eric Ebron or another offensive player (wide receiver and tackle). If you're going to change it up, linking the Ravens to an Alabama player is a good choice. The Ravens have drafted six players from general manager Ozzie Newsome's alma mater, second only to Oklahoma (seven players).

Mosley is a high-energy player with great instincts. He should start immediately and has Pro Bowl potential. His strengths are stopping the run and providing leadership in the locker room. Whether the Ravens would be interested will be determined by how they address inside linebacker in free agency.

The Ravens are hoping to re-sign Daryl Smith, which would decrease the chances of Baltimore taking an inside linebacker in the first round. It was only last year when the Ravens chose inside linebacker Arthur Brown in the second round. But, if the Ravens can't bring back Smith and add a stop-gap in free agency, drafting Mosley makes a lot of sense.

McShay also went with Mosley after the top two receivers (Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M's Mike Evans) and top three offensive tackles (Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews and Michigan's Taylor Lewan) were off the board.

The Ravens haven't selected an inside linebacker in the first round since taking Ray Lewis with the No. 26 overall pick in 1996.