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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14 Raves on “Elam is AFC North-ready, according to Ozzie Newsome

  1. Donald Snyder on said:

    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,

  2. Karl on said:

    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.

  3. Karl on said:

    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.

  4. Mike on said:

    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

  5. IrieMon on said:

    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!

  6. Aaron on said:

    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.

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