I was hoping the Ravens would get Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin at No. 17 overall, but he went to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 16 instead. He could have helped the Ravens offensive line, easily the weakest unit on the team last season. A lot of scouts and draft experts thought Martin was a solid pick, very tough and versatile.
The selection of Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley is a good pick. Initially, I didn't like it because the Ravens needed more immediate help at both the offensive line and at free safety. But Mosley will give the Ravens some options in the future. Starting inside linebacker Daryl Smith is 32 years old, and the Ravens now have two young, promising players in Mosley and Arthur Brown who can work inside. Last year, there were comparisons between Brown and former Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis, and there were some making the same comparisons between Mosley and Lewis on Thursday night.
Those comparisons are premature.
Still, I like what I see in Mosley. He is more powerful than he appears and he can run sideline to sideline. He has good lateral movement and explosion and seems to play with a great amount of energy and enthusiasm, and that stuff can be contagious. I am concerned with his size at 6 feet 2 and 235 pounds, but I've seen a lot of small linebackers come into the NFL and succeed. The style of play or the scheme of the defense can impact production.
There are also some concerns about his health, as ESPN's Mel Kiper noted when he talked about Mosley's history of shoulder problems. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said Ravens team doctors had checked out Mosley and that he was very draftable.
The Ravens wanted to get some help at inside linebacker in this draft, and they did that with Mosley. I'm not sure they needed to do so in the first round, but we'll find out soon.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun