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Many analysts projected the Ravens to take Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower in the 2012 NFL draft. Hightower could potentially become the "heir apparent" to Ray Lewis. However, the Patriots traded up to snag Hightower before the Ravens could, so we'll never know if Hightower would have been the pick over outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw.
After Terrell Suggs' injury, Baltimore should now be even more content with their first pick in the draft, but inside linebacker should be an area of need in 2013.
For one thing, Ray Lewis will be 38 heading into the 2013 season. Jameel McClain continues to improve and will continue as a starter, but the Ravens don't have much behind him.
Brendon Ayanbadejo is also nearing the end of his career, and Dannell Ellerbe may not be a complete enough player to be considered for a starting role.
Mosley is the top inside linebacker prospect for next season, aside from Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. He's very athletic, has plenty of strength and is familiar with the 3-4 system.
If the Ravens are picking near the end of the first round again, C.J. Mosley could certainly be on the radar.