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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

About Kris Jones

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

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