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Elam is AFC North-ready, according to Ozzie Newsome

Street Talk Elam is AFC North-ready, according to Ozzie Newsome

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So you’re telling me the Ravens selected a hard-hitting safety that Ozzie Newsome publicly gushed about?

Judging by the quotes released by the Ravens Twitter account with Newsome saying, “I’ve never been so excited,” picking former Florida safety Matt Elam is fine by me.

In their first Ed Reed-less season in 11-years, the Ravens selected Elam with their 32nd overall pick. What what Elam lacks in size (5-10, 210 pounds), he makes up in aggression. “The way he played on tape is the way you have to play in the AFC North,” said Newsome.

Elam only played in 39 career games at the University of Florida before deciding to forgo his senior season with the Gators. The final 26 games, he started at strong safety. A first-team All American, Elam recorded 176 tackles (124 solo), six interceptions and 13 passes defensed.

The decision to pick Elam was unanimous amongst the four highest talent evaluators, according to Newsome. Between head coach John Harbaugh, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta and director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, Elam was the player that all four of the guys could agree on that they wanted.

Elam was the highest rated player on the Ravens board and now finds himself on his way to Baltimore for a press conference with the Baltimore media on Friday afternoon. Even though he had met with the Ravens at the combine, Elam never had an official visit to the Under Armour Performance Center.

Either Elam was shocked to be picked in the first round or he’s just a bad party planner as he is supposed to be one of four players to host a draft party in Palm Springs, FL on Friday night. Knowing that he now has an NFL future secured and a first-round label, he likely won’t care if he’s late or doesn’t even show up at all.

Welcome to Baltimore, Matt. We Ravens fans hope you already have a burning distaste for the Steelers and we’ll gladly teach you how to pick a crab if you don’t know how to already.

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Kris Jones

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Kris - or "Goob" as he's widely known - has turned an obsession into a career. As a media member by day and super fan by night, he reports from the Under Armour Performance Center twice per week and brings Ravens news from a fan's perspective. His popular YouTube series Goobvision propelled his career and notoriety amongst Ravens fans, even helping him win the 2010 nationwide DIRECTV Ultimate Displaced Fan contest. He's been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Sirius XM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, Sirius XM's MadDog Radio, The Michael Irvin Show, Tony Bruno Show, Two Live Stews and FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?). He's caught a touchdown pass from Warren Moon during a flag football game and hates the Pittsburgh Steelers more than anyone else on the face of the earth. Twitter: RavenManiac  More from Kris Jones
14 comments
True
True

Is it 6:30 PM yet? I want more people on our team! lol

Aaron
Aaron

What's wrong with only playing 39 career games? Assuming Florida plays a bowl game each year (and they probably did) that's an average of 13 games per year, meaning Elam played in every game he could have played in during his 3 years of eligibility. Factoring in SEC Championships and sure, he may have missed one or two. He's played in more games than Ansah.

IrieMon
IrieMon

Great pick, great article and well pointed out that Ozzie was seemingly excited about the pick. Kyle should go write for the Dolphins or Jags. They might actually listen to his nonsense. Get that kid outta here!

ttocs
ttocs

I'm glad someone on this site knows what they are talking about.

Mike
Mike

When is the last time you've seen Ozzie so excited over a prospect, or anything else for that matter? That alone would have made me like this pick even if it was a player I hated. As it is we got one of the to players at a position of need. Great pick, can't wait til tonight

Karl
Karl

Great pickup. Ozzie is excited about this pick. That's the opinion that matters. I do see us trading up in the round. A LOT of talent left on the board. I just hope Ozzie checks with Kyle first. Not really.

Karl
Karl

Great pickup. Ozzie is excited about this pick. That's the opinion that matters. I do see us trading up in this round. A LOT of talent left on the board. I just hope Ozzie checks with Kyle first. Not really.

ravcolt
ravcolt

Don't forget the Blind Side Ozzie. Skill picks are a luxury, but blocking for Flacco is a must.

Karl
Karl

great pickup

Donald Snyder
Donald Snyder

If Kyle is a Gator fan he should support any Gator picked no matter what round or what team picked them. There are a lot of Gators out there who play on teams I can't stand but I still support them,

Hut Guy
Hut Guy

Great pick for an obvious need. Way to go Ozzie !!!

Bruce_Almty
Bruce_Almty

Thanks for the FO insight Kris. If the big 4 is happy....I'm happy. Looking forward to tomorrow's action.

MtnDrew
MtnDrew

I agree. Nice pick. Looks like a Raven. Please ban Kyle from writing any more stupidty please....

Kris Jones
Kris Jones

The funny thing... he's a Gators fan.

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