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Time: July 12, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
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OWINGS MILLS Allen Robinson Jersey , Md. -- Soon after the Baltimore Ravens drafted C.J. Mosley at No. 17 overall Thursday night, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was asked what stood out about the Alabama inside linebacker.

"Very smart, relentless player, fast and always involved," he said.

Does that sound like another linebacker who roamed the Ravens' defense? The connection between Mosley and Ray Lewis is hard to deny.

Mosley is the first inside linebacker drafted by the Ravens in the first round since Lewis in 1996. He plays with that sideline-to-sideline style like Lewis. He lines up players before the snap like Lewis. Even Mosley helped write the narrative, saying his favorite linebacker growing up just happened to be No. 52.

The Ravens just don't need Mosley to be Lewis. That's an unrealistic and unfair expectation to place on any player. Lewis was one of the best linebackers in NFL history, if not the best. He's such a legendary figure in Baltimore that the Ravens are erecting a statue of him in front of M&T Bank Stadium this year. That literally casts a long shadow for Mosley walking into the stadium on game days.

"I would never want anyone http://www.jaguarsfootballgear.com/ , nor would C.J., to have to come in here and try to be the next Ray Lewis," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "He needs to be C.J. Mosley for our football team to be successful."

Newsome is right. The Ravens won a Super Bowl without having "the next Jonathan Ogden." They lifted up the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the 2012 season with Bryant McKinnie, the anti-Ogden in many respects, protecting Joe Flacco's blind side.

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