2013 NFL Mock Draft: The Baltimore Ravens Select…..
Nov 24, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) intercepts a pass during the first half of game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Elam, S, Florida.
Here is what the guys had to say about the pick.
"Ed Reed isn’t getting younger, so the Ravens should start looking for their next ball-hawking, physical safety. Elam is a hot name in scouting circles and could be that guy."
I Do like Elam. He is a very solid player and he has been flying all around the field all year for Florida. He is a playmaker plain and simple. Similar to the previous mock draft with Kasheem Green from Rutgers though, I am not sure Elam is a particularly strong value at this point in the draft given the Ravens obvious needs along the defensive line. The Ravens DL has been a complete disaster all year and this is one of the strongest DL drafts in recent memory. it wouldnt be surprising to see 9+ defensive lineman taken in the first round and around 35+ taken overall. There will be very strong value there. that said, if Elam has a really strong combine and pre-draft season, then he could be flying up the boards. One thing that could hold him back is his size, he is only 5’10 which is about 2 inches shorter than the average safety, that said, Ed Reed is only 5’11” and he has done just fine as a pro.