Elam fits the Ravens' defensive profile: He's aggressive, intense, tough and finds a way to make plays. While some will say Elam is a replacement for Ed Reed, he is also an upgrade from Bernard Pollard, who was cut by Baltimore. Elam can make the violent hits like Pollard but he has more ball-hawking skills. The drawback is his lack of size (5 feet 10) and length, which could become a problem in defending tight ends like Eifert. In the end, the Ravens chose Elam over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay had Te'o rated higher than Elam, and Te'o would've also filled a need for the Ravens.