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Ravens rookie C.J. Mosley ranks second among inside linebackers in Pro Bowl balloting

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.(Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Ravens rookie C.J. Mosley ranks second among inside linebackers in Pro Bowl balloting numbers that were announced Wednesday.

Mosley has drawn 71,246 votes from fans, which represents one third of the determination for Pro Bowl selections along with players and coaches. He ranks second at his position behind the Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly, who has 105,730 votes.

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No other Ravens players are ranked atop their positions in fans' Pro Bowl voting.

Mosley leads the Ravens with 87 tackles and has two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble to go with eight pass deflections.

The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 320 career tackles in college along with 6.5 sacks, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 23 tackles for losses. Mosley was a Butkus Award winner, a consensus All-American and shared Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors with Michael Sam.

"C.J. is the definition of the modern linebacker," said Phil Savage, a former Ravens and Cleveland Browns executive and now the director of the Senior Bowl all-star game. "He's got the instincts and the athletic ability to run sideline to sideline. He's an ideal fit for the Ravens' scheme. He can stay on the field for every down."

Voting concludes Dec. 15, with Pro Bowl players announced Dec. 23. The Pro Bowl is set for Jan. 25, 2015, at the University of Phoenix, site of Super Bowl XLIX.

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