Matt Elam

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Matt Elam
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Elam representing the Ravens at a charity event in 2013
No. -- Free agent
Position: Strong safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-09-21) September 21, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Total tackles: 131
Sacks: 0.5
Interceptions: 1
Pass deflections: 7
Player stats at NFL.com

Matthew D. Elam (born September 21, 1991) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida, where he earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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,[1][2] 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.[3][4]

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 teams 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 statistics Tackles Sacks Interceptions Other
Season Games Starts Solo Ast Total Sack TFL Int Yds IntTD DefTD FFum FRec PD
2010 13 0 16 6 22 1.0 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2011 13 13 50 28 78 2.0 11.0 2 18 0 0 2 0 7
2012 13 13 58 18 76 2.0 11.0 4 73 0 0 1 0 5
Totals 39 26 124 52 176 5.0 23.5 6 91 0 0 3 0 13

[5] [6]

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 208 lb 32 in 9 in 4.43 s 1.58 s 2.53 s 35.5 in 9 ft 10 in 17 reps
All values from NFL Combine [7]

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.[8]

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the first round (32nd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[9] After a promising rookie season, Elam struggled the following year causing him to lose playing time. On August 31, 2015, Elam was placed on injured reserve, after suffering a torn bicep and missed the entire 2015 NFL season.[10]

On May 2, 2016, the Ravens optioned not to pick up the fifth year of his contract.[11] On September 5, 2016, Elam was placed on injured reserve.[12] Elam was activated off injured reserve on November 5, 2016 prior to Week 9.[13]

With declining performance since his rookie year, missing significant playing time, and given the Ravens decision to not pick up the final year of his rookie contract, Elam was considered a bust given his status as a first-round draft pick.[14]

On February 26, 2017, Elam was arrested in Miami, Florida for possession of a 126.2 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of oxycodone.[15] The Ravens released a statement regarding the upcoming free agent, stating "we are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens", indicating their plans of moving on from Elam.[16]

NFL career statistics[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through Week 17 of the 2016 NFL season.

Season Team GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2013 Baltimore Ravens 16 15 77 54 23 0.0 3 1 18 18.0 18 0 0
2014 Baltimore Ravens 16 11 50 31 19 0.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
2016 Baltimore Ravens 9 0 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 41 26 131 89 42 0.5 7 1 18 18.0 18 0 1

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Matt Elam – Baltimore Ravens player profile
  • Matt Elam – Florida Gators athlete profile