Elam, 21, was a two year starter in the Gators secondary and possesses great speed and the ability to deliver hard hits from the safety position.
In the 2011 season at Florida, Elam started 13 games for the Gators at the strong safety position, leading the team in tackles for loss (11) and forcing two fumbles. He started again at strong safety in 2012, recording 76 total tackles and four interceptions. In three years at Florida, Elam recored 176 tackles and had six interceptions.
An outstanding pick for the Ravens with the final selection in the first round as the team loves Elam’s speed and the ability to play both safety positions. Elam is a solid tackler, locates the football well in coverage and can play at the line of scrimmage. Ozzie Newsome was quoted in regards to the Elam pick, stating, “his joy of playing football.”
What he lacks in size, Elam makes up with in terms of being a high energy guy with a big time personality on the field in addition to his hits. If the Ravens can get him to reel it in just a bit and wrap up and tackle more with consistency, the Ravens may have gotten yet another high value pick as they waited for their guy with “best player available” in mind.
Here are some tweets tonight regarding Elam:
Ozzie says that if there was one player all four (Harbs, Newsome, DeCosta and Hortiz) wanted, it was Matt Elam.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) April 26, 2013
— Brent Harris (@BrentCSN) April 26, 2013
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