Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley visited the Ravens this week, according to a league source.

The All-Southeastern Conference selection is projected to go in the top half of the first round and is highly regarded for his athleticism and instincts.

Mosley is an All-America selection who won the Butkus Award last season as the nation's top linebacker and was the Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference.

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout for the Ravens, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, praised Mosley during a conference call Thursday for his scheme flexibility for the 3-4 or 4-3 defense.

"I think he can play in either defense," Jeremiah said. "C.J. Mosley is somebody I think
that doesn't get talked enough about. When you watch him on tape in scouting we talk about guys being clean players on tape. I don't have a lot of negatives when I watch him. I thought he could play in the 3-4 defense. I thought he could take on blocks better than he gets credit for, and I think he's ideally suited to be a Mike (middle linebacker) in a 4-3.

"In today's game, that Mike linebacker has a lot of coverage responsibilities. I think he's very
good in coverage. I think he's an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that's what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he's a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. I think he's one of those guys that could play in either defense; ideally for me I'd like to see him as a Mike in a 4-3."

A team captain who won two national championships with the Crimson Tide, Mosley had 106 tackles and a forced fumble last season.

The 6-foot-2, 234-pounder didn't run the 40-yard dash or do the bench press at the NFL scouting combine due to a right shoulder injury. He registered a 35-inch vertical leap and a 9-10 broad jump, later running a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash at the Alabama Pro Day workout.

In 2012, Mosley had 107 tackles with two interceptions and a forced fumble before dislocating his hip in the BCS national championship game. He then had offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn right labrum.

Mosley is regarded as an excellent prospect with high character, but he does have a history of injuries to consider.

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