Ray Lewis impressed with C.J. Mosley early

Following this past May's NFL draft, the Baltimore Ravens took a player at a position they seemingly didn't have a need at.

That player was inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who has gone on to start all five games thus far in 2014. With Daryl Smith and 2013 second-round pick Arthur Brown on the roster, some pundits thought the Ravens would have been better served going after a player at a position of need -- such as receiver or safety.

As it stands, the pick has paid off for the Ravens in a big way. Mosley has put himself in the Defensive Rookie of the Year conversation as he's sixth in the NFL with 49 total tackles. He also recorded his first interception this past Sunday against Indianapolis.

Mosley's early play has drawn the attention of one notable former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who said the rookie out of Alabama is doing the most basic thing right at the position.

"What I like about the boy is he's making the game simple," Lewis said. "He's finding the football. If you want to play linebacker a long time in this game, no matter if you're in year one, year 10, or year 12, find the football. And he's finding the football."

Lewis, in a phone interview on behalf of Juvent Sports, said that Mosley has shown some quality instincts early. That's quite the praise coming from arguably the greatest middle linebacker to ever play the game.

"When I watch him, that's the thing I'm always excited about," Lewis said. "Finding the football comes from study, but then more importantly, finding the football comes from effort. When you watch him, you can appreciate and definitely tell he's a rookie by his effort. He's really flying to the football the way most rookies should be doing."

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