Although linebacker wasn't an immediate need for the Ravens, they took C.J. Mosley during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. A linebacker out of the University of Alabama, Mosley went to the Ravens with the 17th overall pick. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh has said Mosley could start alongside Daryl Smith at inside linebacker, and Harbaugh also expects Mosley to continue leading his team both on and off the field, as he did as a captain and All-American at Alabama. Morgan Adsit talked to Mosley about how it felt to get drafted by the Ravens.
C.J. Mosley: You know, I'm happy and relieved. Finally, I can get up out of this room. It was getting hot. Everyone was getting antsy. But I mean, it was fun. I had 30-plus people in my family come out, so it was all about my family and about my fans and everything being there and letting them enjoy the moment.
Morgan Adsit: I liked the way earlier today you described your parents, because you're very quiet and laid-back now, but you're kind of an animal, like you have to be on the field. Where do you get that from?
CM: Like I said earlier, the quiet side is from my mom. And on my dad's side -- the Mosley side of the family -- that's the loud, the partying type. I mean, that's what I bring on the field. You know, put both those together, it's not bad. You can't be crazy all the time.
MA: You also can't control where you go, and now that you're here with the Ravens, you know that they have a winning tradition. You know they're about defense, and they've been very verbal that you were the guy they were wanting to get. Does that make it even much more sweet?
CM: Yeah, I mean, growing up, Ray Lewis was my favorite player, and therefore I was a Ravens fan. I've been watching that defense dominate a long time. It's going to be an honor for me just to help that team get where it needs to be and ultimately win a Super Bowl.
MA: As an Alabama guy, you're used to winning. You've got the ring. Pressure comes with that and coming to the Ravens. They're saying they want to plug you in to hopefully start, that you're a three-down kind of linebacker. How do you take that?
CM: Pressure makes you better. It makes you great. I don't want to go where it's going to be easy for me. I don't want anything handed to me, because therefore I won't learn any life lessons on the field or off the field. I'm going to be with some players that I played with my freshman and sophomore year under a guy who played at Alabama and was pretty successful. I've got all the tools I need to help me off the field, so I've just got to put in the work on the field.
MA: You kind of dedicated your playing career to a childhood friend that you lost at a young age and you took the No. 32 [at Alabama] for your friend. Is that something that you carry with you?
CM: Oh yeah, definitely. When we got back to the hotel, we had a shirt that we made after the season was over with this past year. … We had a jersey with 32 on it, and it had his name at the top and my name at the bottom. That was an emotional day. It was actually the day of the Senior Bowl, so it was a great experience -- can't ever forget that.
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