Elam off the board to Baltimore

The wait couldn't have been longer on Thursday night for former Florida safety Matt Elam. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens took Elam with the final pick of the NFL Draft first round.

The Baltimore Ravens were one of the teams linked to Matt Elam throughout the pre-draft process after the departure of long time safety Ed Reed in the offseason. Elam now joins a team with a starting safety position wide open.

"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.'"

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