When the Baltimore Ravens were preparing to lose legendary safety Ed Reed to free agency they wanted a backup plan. That backup plan was drafting Matt Elam in the first round of the 2013 draft. Sure Elam is a strong safety but he pretty much started right away for the Ravens and did a heck of a job. Elam played his college football at Florida and some draft experts thought he should be moved to corner because of his size.
Elam is 5’10” 200 pounds and for a strong safety that is a big on the small size but Elam is a hitting machine. Elam has a knack for being all over the field and has good ball skills. In Elam’s rookie season he recorded 77 tackles and one interception. The size did not bother Elam at all as he was able to stay healthy for the whole season and play at a high level.
Elam has great speed running a 4.43 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
With more experience under Elam’s belt I think he will continue to get better and make more plays in the passing game. Elam was drafted when he was very young and still had a lot of learning to do because he left college early. The Ravens have a really good safety in Elam with really high potential.
Off the field Elam is an interesting guy and has a good head on his shoulders. Elam went back to Florida and worked at The Finish Line after his rookie season, selling shoes and learning the shoe business. Elam is trying to build himself for after football and went back to Florida to finish his degree in the offseason as well.
Hopefully Elam can stay healthy and be the Ravens starting safety for years to come.
Here are Elam’s stats.