"They had a void with both safeties in free agency that they lost," Will Muschamp said. "Matt is a guy that's very mature and smart. He will translate very well to the pro level."
It was also the first time since 2010 that two Florida players were selected in the first round. Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey and Tim Tebow were all selected during the first round of that draft. Elam joined defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on Thursday night as the two former Florida players selected.
Elam will also be coached by a familiar face in Ravens defensive backs coach Teryl Austin, who served as Florida's defensive coordinator in 2010 when Elam was a freshman.
"I've never been so excited," said Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. "It was fun watching him play. To watch a player on tape and play after play you say, ‘oh wow.'"