C.J. Mosley Not Defensive Rookie Of The Year


Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley won just about every award he possibly could during his rookie campaign, but he fell short of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was given the honor during Saturday's NFL Awards show.

Mosley finished second in the voting. Donald received 25 votes, Mosley got 18, Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack notched six and 49ers linebacker Chris Borland got one.

Mosley had a superb season, but Donald, who was earlier named the Pro Football Writers of America's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, was stiff competition.

Donald, the 13th-overall pick was majorly disruptive up front and notched the most sacks (9) of any rookie. He had 17 tackles for loss, which was the fifth most in the league. Donald was rated as the top defensive tackle in the league by Pro Football Focus (PFF).

Both Mosley and Donald were named to the Pro Bowl as rookies. Mosley also won NFL Rookie of the Month twice this season (October and December).

Mosley put up more well-rounded stats than Donald and started every game and played nearly every snap. He played more snaps (1,101) than any rookie in the NFL.

Mosley was the only player in the NFL with at least 125 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. He finished seventh in the NFL with 133 total tackles, and also had eight passes defensed.

Mosley was in the running to become the third Ravens player to ever take home NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

Pass rushing outside linebacker Peter Boulware was the first to do it in 1997 when he logged 11.5 sacks in his first year. Terrell Suggs was the second in 2003 when he had 12 sacks, one interception and six forced fumbles.

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