Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors react to the Ravens' first-round selection of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick on Thursday night.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens always say that they draft the best-player-available and not for their biggest need. That was evident again tonight as the Ravens bypassed the top two safeties in the draft - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor - to select C.J. Mosley. The Ravens really needed more depth at middle linebacker but Mosley is not a depth pick. They picked him because they believe he can be an impact player from Day 1. Mosley is a talented player who brings a great work ethic and strong leadership skills. I liked the pick, but I'll like it a lot more if the Ravens can get a safety and an offensive tackle with their next two picks.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley has outstanding instincts and tackling ability, displaying range and versatility and was productive at the highest level of college football. The only potential drawbacks with Mosley are durability concerns and a slightly narrow frame. Mosley shapes up as a strong weak-side inside linebacker fit, though, next to veteran middle linebacker Daryl Smith, one year after the Ravens drafted Arthur Brown in the second round and declared this offseason that they wanted him to ideally win the job. Now, a competition shapes up inside with both figuring to see heavy playing time.
Jon Meoli, reporter: Ozzie Newsome said at the team’s pre-draft press conference that there were a few guys the team would be ecstatic to have fall to them at No. 17. I bet Mosley is one of them. Much of the off-season has been about giving Joe Flacco the weapons to succeed. There might have been more pressing needs, but the team took the best player available and has plenty of opportunity to fill holes going forward.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: Ravens shore up linebacker corps with Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley after Dallas takes OT Zack Martin just ahead of them. We'll never know if the coin toss they lost to the 8-8 Cowboys changed anything, but you have to think O-line was a higher priority.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: I had a feeling the Ravens were going to go defense, but I thought it would be cornerback or safety. Picking a linebacker makes last year’s second-round pick of Arthur Brown look like a bust. C.J. Mosley is a playmaker, and the Ravens need more of those on defense.
Monique Jones, Ravens editor: Ozzie Newsome dips into the Alabama well yet again with linebacker C.J. Mosley. Strong pick for the Ravens who had to be happy to see one of their top-rated players still available.