C.J. Mosley to the Jets: 3 big things for the Ravens
2. Replacing Mosley:
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Kenny Young has a ton of potential and he is coming off a fantastic rookie season. He had 51 tackles and 2.5 sacks with a pass defensed as his official rookie stat-line. Young will get a lot more playing time in his second season and he has the athleticism to make plays all over the field. He’s built like the modern day linebacker, he’s good at a bit of everything from run defense to pass coverage. Young may have been a fourth round pick but he is the unquestioned future star of the Ravens defense. The Ravens lost a Pro Bowl linebacker, Young could reach that level of play soon.
Assuming that his 2nd round tender keeps him in Baltimore, Patrick Onwuasor is poised to become a leader of the defense. Onwuasor is coming off a good season and he is capable of being a productive linebacker. Pretending like the Ravens won’t notice a drop off from Mosley isn’t something the Ravens Flock should do, but panicking about the linebacker position isn’t either. The Ravens have apparently had some interest in former Denver Broncos linebacker, Brandon Marshall. It wouldn’t be an overly exciting move but it there are worse options. The Ravens will add to the linebacker position one way or another. The NFL Draft seems like a good avenue for the Ravens.
The way the Ravens should look at this is simple. They have one of their starters moving forward in Young with Onwuasor being a starter for now. If a player like Devin Bush falls to them at pick 22, which isn’t too crazy, the Ravens should take him off the board. If the Ravens find a future starter in the third round or even later, that’s okay too. Remember Zach Orr and Jameel McClain were undrafted free agents. The Ravens are good at finding linebackers and even better at developing them into studs. Baltimore should be fine at the inside linebacker position.