- Daryl Smith
- C.J. Mosley
- Arthur Brown
- Josh Bynes
- Albert McClellan
The Ravens have plenty of depth at inside linebacker after selecting Alabama's C.J. Mosley with their first-round pick. In 2013, Mosley won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
He started all 13 games at inside linebacker and was Bama's leading tackler with 108 stops, nine tackles for loss and five pass breakups.
The Ravens utilize a 3-4 defense that features two inside linebackers, and Mosley is expected to compete with 2012 second-rounder Arthur Brown for the starting job at weak-side inside linebacker.
He's probably not beating out the starting strong-side 'backer, Daryl Smith, who led the Ravens in tackles last season and signed a new four-year, $16 million deal this offseason.
Baltimore took Arthur Brown out of Kansas State in the second round of last year's draft (after trading up to get him) to do just that. The fact that it took Mosley in the first round could signal it's already losing faith in Brown.
After all, Brown played in just 211 snaps as a rookie. Mosley believes his coaches are confident in him enough to start him as a rookie, per AL.com:
The coaches feel comfortable with the way I'm playing and comfortable enough that I know the defense," he said. "It's all about how I feel right now, and I feel like I'm doing a great job. ...
"The competition is real tight in our linebacker room, and that's a good thing because it's going to make us all work. At the end of the day, the best player is going to be on the field. Hopefully, come Week 1, if I do the right things, that will be me.
I expect Mosley to beat out Brown for the other starting inside linebacker spot next to Smith. Brown will then be left to fight Josh Bynes and Albert McClellan for backup snaps.
Bynes actually started the first six games at inside linebacker last year but was benched the next nine games due to his poor performance.
McClellan played in just five snaps last year, so don't expect much from him.