Carroll County Times

Five things to know about new Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley

New Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley was introduced to Baltimore media Friday, a day after the Ravens took him with the 17th overall pick in this year's NFL draft.

Here are five things to know about Mosley:

- Mosley, a Mobile, Ala. native, was a three-year starter at Alabama and was a first-team All-American each of the last two seasons. He won the Butkus Award as a senior last season, an award given annually to the top linebacker in college football.

- Mosley's coaches at Alabama as well as the Ravens rave about his intelligence, his instincts, his toughness, his work ethic and his playmaking ability. Maybe even more so, though, everyone seems to be enamored with Mosley as a person. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart told USA Today in April, "In this day and age of football, C.J. is the most unique person of all the first-round players we've had. He's not a Twitter guy. He's not a cellphone guy. He's a faith-based guy. It makes him unique because all these guys today are about the glitz and glory. He really wants to lead by example."

- Mosley dealt with two serious injuries at Alabama - a dislocated elbow in 2011 and a dislocated hip in 2012. There were also teams reportedly concerned about Mosley's shoulder during the pre-draft process. However, Mosley said he tested out well medically, which Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome confirmed.

- Mosley will compete with 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown for the Ravens' starting weak-side linebacker job. But regardless of who ends up starting, Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees expects Daryl Smith, Mosley and Brown to all see significant playing time at inside linebacker. Pees said Mosley can play both middle linebacker and weak-side linebacker.

- Mosley is the first inside linebacker the Ravens have taken in the first round since Ray Lewis in 1996.