Matt Elam is a safety for the Baltimore Ravens. As a rookie Elam started in 15 games for the Ravens in 2013.
Elam was born on September 21, 1991 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He attended William T. Dwyer High School and played four positions; defensive back, linebacker, wide receiver and running back. As a senior, he was named Mr. Football in the state of Florida, Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year and an All-American. Elam would commit to attend the University of Florida.
Elam played three years in Florida under two college coaches, Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp. After making minimal impact in his freshman year, he took over as starter in his sophomore year. He developed into a solid and aggressive tackler. In his last two years he accumulated 154 tackles, 22 of these tackles for a loss, four sacks and six interceptions. Despite being an undersized safety at 5’10, Elam was projected as a top safety in the 2013 draft class.
The Baltimore Ravens drafted Elam as the 32nd overall pick of the 2013 draft. Ed Reed’s departure after the 2012 season opened a starting position for Elam to contribute immediately. He would start in 15 games in the 2013 season, making 54 tackles and an interception on a Ravens’ defense that remains solid without former defensive leaders LB Ray Lewis and S Reed.
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