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From every account, C.J. Mosley was the most impressive rookie on the field during rookie minicamp, and it looks likely that he will parlay that into a starting job alongside Daryl Smith in the center of the defense.
Mosley has made to transition to an NFL locker room look surprisingly easy, drawing praise from his new head coach. Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun shares some of those kind words from Coach Harbaugh:
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. That was a big plus coming out, we knew that.
But 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.
With his instincts and athleticism, Mosley looks set to rack up a ton of tackles and be a major contributor his debut season—making him one of the favorites to bring home a trophy at the end of the year.
Jeffri Chadiha of ESPN picked Mosley as one of his favorites to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year award, with Aaron Donald (St. Louis Rams) and Jadeveon Clowney (Houston Texans) being some other prominent candidates.
Mosley has looked superb in individual drills so far, but now he’ll get the chance to run with the first team and show how well he plays with his peers. OTAs will be our first chance to see if Mosley is a “special” inside linebacker, and the Rookie of the Year could potentially be the first of a number of awards coming his way in the future.