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Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: Elam seems to be a good fit for the Ravens because their safety positions have been interchangeable in the past, and he can play either free or strong safety. Elam can crowd near the line of scrimmage to stop the run and be physical at the line of scrimmage like
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: The Ravens selection of Matt Elam shouldn't have surprised anyone and that's not just because the team lost both starting safeties from last year. Every characteristic that you hear about Elam - he is a play maker, he loves to hit, he loves to practice - embodies what the Ravens look for in a player. With guys like Elam,
Aaron Wilson, Ravens reporter: By drafting University of Florida junior safety Matt Elam, the
Peter Schmuck, columnist: It wasn't the sexy pick, but if the Ravens' track record in the draft holds, Matt Elam will quickly prove that good things come in small packages. He's fast and he's a bundle of pent-up pain for opposing receivers.
Matt Vensel, Ravens blogger/reporter: I like the selection of Florida safety Matt Elam. He is fast, hits hard and -- cliche alert -- plays like a Raven. He should start right away for the Ravens, replacing Bernard Pollard at strong safety. But he is versatile enough to do a lot of different things, including covering slot receivers and tight ends. I also like the selection of Elam because he wasn't a linebacker. No offense to