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C.J. Mosley ends Ravens' Pro Bowl drought

Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley made Baltimore Ravens history by becoming their first rookie to reach the Pro Bowl. He also ended a surprising drought for the team.

Widely regarded as one of the best franchises in digging up the top talent in college football, the Ravens had gone five drafts without selecting a Pro Bowl player before taking Mosley with the No. 17 overall pick in 2014.

The last player drafted by the Ravens to get to the Pro Bowl before Mosley was running back Ray Rice, who was a second-round pick in 2008. There were 47 players drafted by the Ravens from their last Pro Bowl draftee (Rice) to their most recent one (Mosley).

The Ravens are one of three teams (the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders are the others) not to have selected a Pro Bowl player in the five drafts from 2009 to 2013. It should be noted that cornerback Jimmy Smith (a first-round pick in 2011) was on his way to a Pro Bowl season this year, but he only played half the year before suffering a season-ending foot injury.

Few would've predicted such a dry spell for the Ravens. This is the franchise that drafted the likes of Ray Lewis, Jonathan Ogden, Ed Reed, Jamal Lewis and Terrell Suggs. In the Ravens' first 13 drafts, they selected 19 Pro Bowl players, which tied the New England Patriots for the most during that period.

Recent drafts haven't lived up to the Ravens' standard. There are only nine current starters from the 2009 to 2013 drafts. That included the disappointing drafts in 2010, when Sergio Kindle and Terrence Cody were the top picks, and in 2013, when Matt Elam and Arthur Brown were the top selections.

The Ravens have been hurt by their own success. A perennial playoff team, the Ravens entered those five drafts (2009 to 2013) selecting No. 25 or lower in the first round. It wasn't until last year, when the Ravens were drafting in the top 20, that they landed an immediate-impact player.

The 2015 draft will present a similar challenge. The Ravens have the No. 26 overall pick after advancing to the the divisional round of the playoffs.