Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used his platform as an ESPN NFL analyst Thursday night to give his blessing to the team’s first-round draft pick, linebacker C.J. Mosley of Alabama.
“This is a leader at the position of linebacker,” Lewis said during the ESPN broadcast of the man who could be his heir in the middle of the Baltimore defense. “I left there a couple years ago, but when you watch this kid play football, his instinct is what impresses me the most. He’s very patient with his feet, he stays in the pocket and when he gets there ... he’s actually a reader. He’s a read-it-and-react guy.”
Lewis went on to say that he was impressed with Mosley’s pre-play leadership as well, and said that in terms of “how to take this defense to the next level, I think this is a great pick for the Baltimore Ravens.”
Of course, much was also made of the expectations for last year’s second-round pick, linebacker Arthur Brown, to step into the void Lewis left when he retired after the team’s Super Bowl XLVII win. Whether that ultimately happens remains to be seen. Mosley also will compete with veteran Daryl Smith and Albert McClellan.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun