Ravens add safety Matt Elam with No. 32 pick

AP

Taking a safety in Round One for the first time since selecting the great Ed Reed in 2002, the Baltimore Ravens closed out Day One of the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting Florida’s Matt Elam with the No. 32 overall choice.

Elam could compete to start immediately opposite of Michael Huff in the Ravens’ revamped safety corps. Reed signed with Houston in free agency, and the Ravens parted ways with veteran Bernard Pollard.

The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Elam was a first-team All-American in 2012 for Florida, intercepting four passes. He was a two-year starter for the Gators, departing after his junior season. His brother, Abram Elam, has made 71 NFL career starts at safety since entering the league in 2006.

The Ravens have 11 more draft picks, including four non-tradeable compensatory picks. They have the No. 62 (Round Two) and No. 94 (Round Three) selections Friday.

55 responses to “Ravens add safety Matt Elam with No. 32 pick

  1. I like this selection. Elam is a violent tackler, decent in coverage. Should be a very talented saftey in 2-3 years

  2. Comparing this guy to Dawkins is ridiculous. We have the highest standards, the standards of Lombardis (6). Please, try it.

  3. didnt panic like the 49ers and got arguably the same caliber or a better safety.plus we still have 12 picks we gonna be a scary good defense next year

  4. We have Steel rings. Cha cha cha-cha-cha. We have Steel rings. Cha cha cha-cha-cha.

    Don’t hate.

  5. He’s got huge bust potential. And I’m not just saying that because he is a Gator. Guy would rather go for big hits than tackle.

    Teams will throw his way all day.

  6. Great pick by the Ravens! Elam will bring the heat from the safety position, and will be a lot better tackler than the now departed and one arm tackling Ed Reed. Ozzie said that his priority was getting that defense stronger up the middle, and this is just another piece move towards that.

  7. Might as well play Jason Elam. This clown will spend many days staring at the backs of Steeler WRs.

  8. I remember watching the bowl game where he popped that guys helmet off. I was hoping the Raiders would get him but I thought he’d go a little later. From what I saw he had great instincts. Ozzie Newsome is the real deal. Gotta respect what the Ravens are doing. All Love from the West Coast!

  9. I’m waiting to hear the talking head “experts” at ESPN tell us why Manti Te’uh-oh, that guaranteed automatic first-ballot HOFer, that monster of the middle, that saintly Golden Domer, is still sitting by the phone.

    He (?) is probably saying to himself, “But…but…but…the Notre Dame public relations people told me I had said all the right things. I am the #1 promoted player from Notre Dame! I am supposed to be a top pick!”

  10. ravensdominate says: Apr 26, 2013 12:00 AM

    Wait why did it take so long for the Ravens to pick? Oh yeah I know why… We go last cus we’re the best. World Champs.
    ——————————————————
    Yeah, us Steeler fans know exactly how you felt. Just think we had to wait that long double the amount of times you have had to the last 12 years. Gets kind of boring after awhile. And just think, another year we had to wait until 31st. God those drafts seem to take forever.

  11. Eeeeeeeelam may have too many syllables to sound as good as Reeeeeeed but i still love the pick.

    Was wondering which S would go after Vaccaro and i generally saw Elam rated above Eric Reid. Interesting.

  12. I like the pick a lot. yes he isn’t 6’1” or 6’2” like other Safeties available in the draft, but he is quick and strong. I just finished seeing Elam highlight on youtube, and kid can hit.

    if Huff can avoid Ex-Raiders syndrome and play half decently as Ed Reed did, then we could plug in Matt Elam and make him play more of hard hitter.

    remember couple of years ago when we had another (albeit white) short safety? That worked out pretty well for us =)

  13. @ravensdominate
    —————————————————————
    ” It’s going to be very hard, after you lose that much chemistry… it’s hard to try that formula. That formula usually doesn’t work. ”
    Ray Lewis

    – Ray Lewis, undercutting the Ravens’ ability to repeat as Super Bowl champions
    .
    BOOYAH!

  14. man I hate picking last… but I lovvvvveeee being champs…. with the 32nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the super bowl champion Baltimore Ravens select……

  15. ravensdominate – Wait why did it take so long for the Ravens to pick? Oh yeah I know why… We go last cus we’re the best. World Champs.

    Cant blame you for not knowing the superbowl champs pick last you guys havent won to many of them

  16. Thats weird that the Steelers pick is a top story and the Ravens have 2 comments total. Wait, no it’s not, we will always own this division, even if we are 8-8. Sorry Ravens but when someone says AFC North, you instantly think Steelers. Nothing you do will ever change that. P.S. I like the Huff pick up, he’s a player.

  17. “Might as well play Jason Elam. This clown will spend many days staring at the backs of Steeler WRs.”

    What WRs? You don’t have any. Wallace was tired of losing and Sanders tried everything in his power to jump off that sinking ship. Worse case scenario: Elam gets bored out there waiting for Big Ben to throw something more than ten yards. Ouch. Yikes. Ouch.

  18. morganator,

    It’s irrelevant who suits up, as Ben will make any receiver better. The Ravens approach is to get WR’s and RBs who can bail-out Flacco, ie. jump balls (Boldin), hail mary’s (Jones), and checkdowns (Rice).

  19. thesteelers says:
    Apr 26, 2013 12:04 AM
    We have Steel rings. Cha cha cha-cha-cha. We have Steel rings. Cha cha cha-cha-cha.

    Don’t hate.
    ————————————
    The Steelers went 8-8 cha cha cha
    the steelers lost to tebow cha cha cha
    The steelers have no hope for the next decade cha cha cha

  20. si1m says:
    Apr 26, 2013 12:50 AM
    Eeeeeeeelam may have too many syllables to sound as good as Reeeeeeed but i still love the pick.

    Was wondering which S would go after Vaccaro and i generally saw Elam rated above Eric Reid. Interesting.
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    I say we just take the ‘lam’ off the end… Eeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

  21. Harbaugh begged the league not to play in Pittsburgh week 1. Elam will struggle and Te’o is a laughing stock. I hope the Ravens pick him up so the jokes will write themselves.

  22. Don’t worry about week 1. You’ll have your hands full when the Titans come back to repeat that humiliating beatdown they handed you last year. YIKES!

  23. I was thinking Johnathan Cyprien would’ve made a better pick. I am not sold on Elam’s tackling ability…just doesn’t seem like he wraps up well. Additionally, he’s going to be covering some 6-3 / 6-5 guys. I trust Ozzie but I just don’t see it here.

  24. jtbsteeler says: Apr 26, 2013 11:23 AM

    Harbaugh begged the league not to play in Pittsburgh week 1. Elam will struggle and Te’o is a laughing stock. I hope the Ravens pick him up so the jokes will write themselves.

    ~~~

    Do you realize this very site projects him to go to the Steelers in the second round. Doh!

  25. “The Ravens approach is to get WR’s and RBs who can bail-out Flacco, ie. jump balls (Boldin), hail mary’s (Jones), and checkdowns (Rice).”

    and win championships. Don’t forget hang more than 3 TDs on every team they played in the post season.

    An no Ben isn’t THAT good that he makes receivers better. He’s good but not that good.

  26. I Love To Mess With Ravens Fans But This Elam Is Great Pick. One Of The Highest Compliments I Can Give Is “Screw The Ravens, Elam Should Be Going To Denver!”

  27. jtbsteeler says:
    Apr 26, 2013 11:23 AM
    Harbaugh begged the league not to play in Pittsburgh week 1. Elam will struggle and Te’o is a laughing stock. I hope the Ravens pick him up so the jokes will write themselves.

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    Did a Google search for that “Harbaugh begged league not to play Pittsburgh in week 1” article. I could only find one that was about Harbs saying that playing the Steelers is his favorite. Do you have a link to that story jtbsteeler?

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