Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/32 - Matt Elam, S, 5-10, 210, Florida...The All-American defensive back and younger brother of NFL safety Abram Elam should provide toughness and range to a secondary that lost Ed Reed to the Houston Texans and cut Bernard Pollard. He's expected to immediately compete for a starting job at strong safety, but will also cross-train at free safety. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Ravens' picks: Round 1/32 - Matt Elam, S, 5-10, 210, Florida...The All-American defensive back and younger brother of NFL safety Abram Elam should provide toughness and range to a secondary that lost Ed Reed to the Houston Texans and cut Bernard Pollard. He's expected to immediately compete for a starting job at strong safety, but will also cross-train at free safety. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Ravens love upside of Elam ... After not retaining free safety Ed Reed and cutting strong safety Bernard Pollard this offseason, the Ravens landed University of Florida safety Matt Elam with the final pick of the first round. The Super Bowl champions acquired a consensus All-American who recorded 78 tackles and four interceptions last season. Elam is slightly undersized at a shade under 5-10 and 210 pounds, but runs the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds, has a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap and bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times. "I'll bring a lot of competitiveness and a lot of energy," Elam said. "Size doesn't matter. I competed well."
Elam was the highest-ranked player available on the Ravens' draft board, outranking Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o, according to general manager Ozzie Newsome. "I've never been so excited," Newsome said. "It was fun watching him play. To watch a player on tape and play after play you say, 'Oh wow.'" - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Elam started 26 games the past two seasons for Florida and in his three-year collegiate career, he registered 176 total tackles, including 231/2 for losses, six interceptions, five sacks and three forced fumbles. After fielding exploratory calls about moving up or retreating out of the first round earlier Thursday, Newsome said no teams called when the Ravens were on the clock with the 32nd overall selection.
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta struck an upbeat stance regarding the remaining available players heading into the second and third round Friday. The Ravens have a pick in each round. "We're never really surprised because a lot of times teams will just draft players that we don't expect," DeCosta said. "In general, there are a lot of good players still available. We will come back in the morning and meet with the scouts and restack the board, come back with a new order of players. "There's probably 20 players, 30 players that we would be excited to get at the end of the second round. I think we have the potential to help this team, a lot of good players at a lot of different spots. I think luck will fall in our way again." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 26. *Matt Elam, SS, Florida: An instinctive defender with a knack for making the big play in big games, everything about Elam's game is big ... except his 5-10, 208-pound frame. If he were two inches taller, I believe Elam would overtake Vaccaro as the top safety in this draft class. And he might actually do so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Florida Pro Day: Florida held its pro day outdoors and under a light rain on Saturday. Workouts were held on FieldTurf and watched by 20 NFL team representatives, including the head coach and general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Coltsí offensive and defensive coordinator, the Cincinnati Bengals defensive back and linebacker coaches and the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator and four position coaches. Sixteen Florida Gators participated. Matt Elam, S (5-10, 208) - He had a good, solid workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com