Matt Elam

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Matt Elam
No. 26     Baltimore Ravens
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-21) September 21, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2013 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles77
Sacks0.0
Interceptions1
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Matt Elam
No. 26     Baltimore Ravens
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-21) September 21, 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2013 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles77
Sacks0.0
Interceptions1
Stats at NFL.com

Matthew D. Elam (born September 21, 1991) is an American football safety for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and earned All-American honors. Following his 2012 junior season, he decided to forgo his final college football season, and was chosen in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was considered one of the top draft prospects at safety for 2013.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Elam was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He attended William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, where he played linebacker, defensive back, running back and wide receiver for the Dwyer Panthers high school football team. As a senior, he had 1,883 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year and Mr. Football for the state of Florida,[3][4] and a USA Today high school All-American. He played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he announced his intent to play at the University of Florida during the game. He is the younger brother of former NFL safety Abram Elam.[5][6]

College career[edit]

Elam accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football team from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman in 2010, Elam played in all 13 games and recorded 22 tackles. As a full-time starter during his 2011 sophomore season, he had 78 tackles, two interceptions and two quarterback sacks. Following his junior season in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, CBS Sports, Scout.com and Sports Illustrated, as well as a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a semifinalist for both the Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award.

College Statistics[edit]

Career statisticsTacklesSacksInterceptionsOther
SeasonGamesStartsSoloAstTotalSackTFLIntYdsIntTDDefTDFFumFRecPDSafety
2010130166221.01.500000010
201113135028782.011.0218002070
201213135818762.011.0473001050
College Career3926124521765.023.56910030130

[7] [8]

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
HtWtArm lengthHand size40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
5 ft 10 in208 lb32 in9 in4.43 s1.58 s2.53 s35.5 in9 ft 10 in17 reps
All values from NFL Combine [9]

Elam was viewed as one of the top safeties in 2013 years draft class. Some experts and scouts said he lacked size for a safety with just a height of 5' 10" and maybe should be moved to corner because of that. He is known for his ability to make electrifying plays all over the field and for his emotional leadership. Most experts projected Elam to go in the mid to late first round of the NFL Draft.[10]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the first round (32nd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[11] On December 16, 2013, Elam had a breakout performance against the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, recording 10 tackles and his first career interception.

Finish Line[edit]

Elam currently works as a part-time sales associate at a Finish Line store in Gainesville, Fla., before he returns to the team in April 2014.[12]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 15 of the 2013 NFL season.

Regular season statisticsTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
SeasonTeamGPGSCombTotalAstSckSftyPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFF
2013Baltimore Ravens14137754230.0--311818.01800

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