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Ravens sign first-round pick C.J. Mosley

The Ravens have signed first-round pick C.J. Mosley, finalizing a four-year deal with the inside linebacker worth $8.787 million on Tuesday.

The deal includes a standard fifth-year option and a $4.711 million signing bonus.

With Mosley's deal done, that leaves third-round pick Terrence Brooks, a safety out of Florida State, as the team's only unsigned draft pick.

Mosley -- one of the top inside linebackers in the draft and aplayer the Ravens were pleased to see still on the board at No. 17 -- is expected to challenge second-year player Arthur Brown for the starting weak-side linebacker role alongside Daryl Smith.

Mosley, last season's winner of the Butkus Award, given to college football's top linebacker, made an immediate impression on the Ravens' coaching staff with his smarts and leadership during the rookie minicamp earlier this month.

"He seems very comfortable in a defense. He understands the game very well. So, he’s been really well-coached, obviously, [at Alabama],” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s not like he doesn’t know what gap he is fitting in. It’s not like he doesn’t know what adjustment to make. That’s a long way ahead for a rookie. Plus, he is athletic, and he moves around really well.”

The first of three organized team activities for the Ravens starts Wednesday at the Under Armour Performance Center.

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