Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: The Ravens selection of Matt Elam shouldn't have surprised anyone and that's not just because the team lost both starting safeties from last year. Every characteristic that you hear about Elam - he is a play maker, he loves to hit, he loves to practice - embodies what the Ravens look for in a player. With guys like Elam, John Cyprien, Manti Te'o, Kevin Minter, Arthur Brown and Tank Carradine still on the board, I thought there was a good chance that the Ravens could move back into the second round. However, general manager Ozzie Newsome said that he got no calls while the Ravens were on the clock so standing pat and selecting Elam made a ton of sense. With all their defensive losses, there's been a lot of talk about whether next year's defense will be better than the previous version. It's still too early to say, but I think you can conclude that it will be far quicker and more athletic.