The Baltimore Ravens were able to get their top targeted safety, selecting Florida safety Matt Elam with the 32nd overall pick in the first round.
Elam had a standout junior season at Florida, totaling 76 tackles and four interceptions in 2012. With Bernard Pollard released and now in Tennessee, Elam will have an opportunity to earn a starting spot at strong safety. He'll have to beat out James Ihedigbo to become a starter.
Elam, at 5-10, 205 pounds, packs a powerful punch as a strong safety. He's a hard hitter that can play the run and defend backs in space. Where he could be an upgrade is in pass coverage, where he can take on slot receivers, running backs and tight ends.
It would appear the Ravens were sold on selecting Elam the moment they were on the clock as it didn't take much time to send the selection in.
Baltimore's next pick is slated to be the 30th in the second round (62nd overall.)
Ravens select Matt Elam in first round
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