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Ravens sign first-round pick, LB C.J. Mosley

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

C.J. Mosley should make about $8.8 million in four years. (USATSI)
C.J. Mosley should make about $8.8 million in four years. (USATSI)

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Despite some medical concerns that might have dropped him in the draft, the Ravens were given a B grade by Pete Prisco for drafting linebacker C.J. Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick earlier this month.

Now, he's officially a member of the Baltimore organization, as the team website reports that Mosley has signed his four-year rookie deal (with a fifth-year option held by the team).

His salary should be worth about $8.78 million for the length of his contract with a $4.7 million signing bonus.

Mosley should compete with 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown for the right to start at inside linebacker next to Daryl Smith, and assuming Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil start at the outside linebacker spots, the Ravens will have a solid, yet aging linebacker group. With, of course, the exception of Mosley, who seems to be making a good impression already with the coaching staff.

“Probably the first impression is that he seems very comfortable in a defense. He understands the game very well. So, he's been really well-coached, obviously, down [at Alabama],” 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.”

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