Heavyweight Title Fight: Mosley vs Brown

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Baltimore Ravens linebackers Arthur Brown and CJ Mosley at the Under Armour Performance Center (Photo Credit: Baltimore Ravens)

Heading into camp, there’s seems to only be two logical contenders in the battle for the vacant spot that was occupied by Jameel McClain for the better part of the last four seasons. Arthur Brown, the 2nd year LB out of Kansas State is in the red corner, and C.J Mosley, the Two-Time All-American and the Ravens 2014 1st round pick out of Alabama will be in the blue corner.

Who will be in the starting line-up next to Daryl Smith when September rolls around?

Let’s take a look at the contenders:

The Challenger: Arthur Brown

The starting spot at Will LB looked to be Brown’s job to lose until the Ravens drafted the highly-touted C.J Mosley in the 1st round of this year’s draft. Now, Brown will be locked in a battle for the starting spot all Summer long, a battle that the majority of pundits think he will be the underdog in against the rookie from Alabama.

rsr-bullseye-300x250After a 2013 rookie season that saw the 23-year-old Brown used on mainly ST and as a reserve LB ( 14 games, 15 tackles, .5 sack), he should be coming into camp motivated and set on proving the doubters wrong with an excellent pre-season. After all, he did have an excellent two seasons as the leader of KSU’s Defense in 2011 and 2012 (201 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 int’s) and he was the Ravens 2nd round pick just a year ago.

A great athlete and a true sideline-to-sideline linebacker with excellent instincts, tackling ability and an outstanding football IQ, Brown has a ton of potential. It’s not a matter of if Brown will break through in the NFL, it’s only a matter of when.

As for this season, the odds are against him in the battle against Mosley, but he will be on his heels all summer. Regardless if he does beat out the rookie, Brown should see an increase in snaps on D in 2014 with the hopes that he can land a full-time starting role in 2015.

The (Two-Time) Champion: C.J Mosley

After an outstanding collegiate career in which the 21-year-old Mosley racked up 319 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 5 interceptions in 51 games (29 started) at Alabama, he looks to make an instant dynamic impact on the Ravens D in 2014, and he could very well end up winning the NFL’s DROY award if he does lock up the starting Will LB spot next to Daryl Smith this summer.

When you look at Mosley, it’s definitely not a stretch to say he could be the face of the Ravens D for the next decade. A 1st-Team All-SEC selection and All-American in 2012 and 2013, Mosley also won the Butkus Award for the nation’s top LB in 2013 after finishing in 3rd place for the Award in 2012, and won the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award after posting 108 tackles (Led team for 2nd straight year), 9.0 TFL, 5 PD’s and 10 QBH for the Crimson Tide in 13 games.

Mosley is a player that displays exceptional skills at reading and reacting to the play as it develops, and is a true sideline-to-sideline defender with outstanding tackling ability. But on top of his skill set, he is also the type of player you can build a Defense around with his excellent work ethic, high-motor, leadership in between the lines and his amazing character on and off the field.

The sky is the limit for #57, and all signs point to him lining up next to #51 on September 7th.

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13 Raves on “Heavyweight Title Fight: Mosley vs Brown

  1. Anonymous on said:

    Competition breeds success and no matter which one lands the job the other will be better for having the other on his heels. I’m excited to see the LB corps get back to the dominance we once had with a young Ray and company!!!

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Competition breeds success and no matter which one lands the starting job the other will be better by having him on his heels. So excited to see the LB corps get a facelift and get back to the dominance we once had with a young Ray and company!!!

  3. Sarcasticfury on said:

    I think the Ravens could end up with one of the best ILB pairs in the game. I also think that Mosley and Brown can be part of a Ravens defense that is as dominant as the old ones.

  4. Boldin Raver on said:

    Usually guys are one or the other – downhill thumpers or coverage linebackers. Brown and Mosley (and Smith is in this mold) both exhibit skills in both areas plus room for upside. I think having a pair of linebackers with that broad a skillset gives the defense flexibility to really confuse passing schemes without opening up the opponents run game – layer in the skills of our two young safeties plus the d-line rebuild project underway, and I’m loving how this is shaping up.

  5. jws on said:

    First, anyone that sends a message without a name is an idiot and gutless!Second open competitions does NOT mean successs! Drfating Mosley should mean Smith is replaceable soon in the future. Brown and Mosley are the future at inside linebackers. This means Upshaw must stop eating and get in shape to be a quailty outside addition. There are two main concerns neather of which is at linebacker. Free safety and starting right offensive tackle and may beand who is reada and healthy at running back if Rice is suspended? Injuries will no doubt play an important role in training camp and presrason.

    • Fl Raven on said:

      No reason to call anyone names, we’re all fans and we all are allowed our opinions. That said, he who throws stones better be able to defend himself if the stones get thrown back at him, i.e. half of your post is misspelled so if I was “Anonymous” I would say who’s the idiot here?

  6. Cheri on said:

    I know Brown has his share of supporters on here but with the resigning of Smith and the drafting of Mosley makes me wish even more that the Ravens would had drafted Keenan Allen with their second round pick that I was hoping for :(. Just had to say that. Anyway, I believe it will be Smith and Mosley of course but Brown will see plenty of time since he is good in pass coverage and this is a passing league.
    Brown will get his shot once Smith either starts to slow down or the Ravens move on from him in 2015 to save some cap can’t remember how his contract is set up to make it worth it to cut him next year though. 4 year 16 million deal but can’t remember the break down.

  7. Bruce_Almty on said:

    Brown/Mosley, Smith/Webb, Elam/Brooks are excellent tandems for the future of our D. Strong up the middle, strong around the edges.

  8. fatts on said:

    Why is Brown on his way out? People kill me bashing other posters? So jws you are saying the Ravens will cut their 2nd round pick and keep a older expensive Smith around for the next 3 years? Brown and Mosley will be the ilb in 2015

  9. RAYVENRAYG on said:

    My wish is that they all do well and they will give the defense a rotational ability to keep putting fresh quality players in every few plays to wear down the offensive line, so we can get off the field and put the offense to work. It may bring us back to how our defense worked when Ray was young everybody had their position and covered their lane and the 2000 defense ruled. Don’t spend time looking for who to throw away or name as the odd man out look for ways to use them all and dominate the other teams offense. We have the young & talented personnel to be a great defense again. Less pressure on the offense, they improve and we have a complete team. Glass is more than half full and still filling up.

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