With the 32nd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Ravens opted to pick a safety. They chose Florida’s Matt Elam, one spot before the Jaguars selected FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien.
So far, the Ravens feel good about their choice.
“Matt really picked things up quickly,” coach John Harbaugh said after Sunday’s rookie minicamp practice, via Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times. “He really did a nice job of communicating on the back end, which is not usual for a rookie. Most rookie defensive backs, even all defensive players, have a tough time with the communication part because you’re not confident enough to make the calls, but he’s smart, picked it up quickly and jumped right back there and made the calls with force, very forceful back there, and played fast. He looked good.”
Elam could end up winning the starting strong safety spot, across from newcomer Michael Huff.