Florida safety Matt Elam met with Ravens at NFL scouting combine
By AARON WILSON
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 10, 2013 | 2:47 PM
University of Florida junior star safety Matt Elam has visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts and visits the Tennessee Titans today and the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Elam also visits the New York Jets later this week.
Although he hasn't had a visit or private workout with the Ravens, he met with them at the NFL scouting combine and they attended his Pro Day. The Super Bowl champions have a good opinion of Elam, per a source.
Elam has conducted private workouts for the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers.
And Elam has a meeting with the Miami Dolphins later this month.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has projected Elam as a potential late first-round draft pick, linking him to the Ravens' 32nd overall selection.
Elam held extensive meetings with the San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers at his campus Pro Day workout.
The Ravens allowed free safety Ed Reed to leave via free agency to join the Houston Texans and cut strong safety Bernard Pollard, replacing Reed with former Oakland Raiders safety Michael Huff. They are expected to obtain a safety to compete with veteran strong safety James Ihedigbo, but don't necessarily have to draft a safety high considering the depth of the position.
Elam is the younger brother of NFL veteran safety Abram Elam.
In three seasons for the Gators, the stocky 5-foot-10, 208-pound player finished with 176 tackles, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and 19 pass deflections.
Although Elam is regarded as a big-time hitter who might start out at strong safety as he transitions to the NFL, the All-Southeastern Conference selection believes he has the cover skills to play either spot. In the NFL now, many schemes call for the safeties to be interchangeable.
"I play very hard, and I like to strike people," Elam said during the combine. "I feel that's what helps me stand out the most, but I'm very versatile. I can cover slot receivers. I can go down and cover. I can go in the box and tackle.
"I'm very confident in myself. I feel that I can do a lot of things for teams: special teams, covering, tackling."
Last season, Elam had 76 tackles, 11 for losses, two sacks, one forced fumble and four interceptions.
As a sophomore, he had 78 tackles, 11 for losses, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and seven pass deflections.
A two-year starter, Elam consistently made impactful plays for the Gators.
He had 11 tackles, including a sack, in a Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.
The native of Riviera Beach, Fla., tested out well at the combine, running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds with a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 9-10 broad jump. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times.