Here's what a collection of other media outlets are saying about the Ravens' selection of Florida safety Matt Elam at No. 32 in the first round:
** Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com explains why he thinks the Ravens picked Elam over Notre Dame linebacker
Why I think the Ravens went with Elam is his knack for making big plays at crucial moments, which is a trait that has always ranked high with the franchise. With two safeties off the board (Kenny Vaccaro to New Orleans and Eric Reid to San Francisco), Baltimore selected Elam, who is the first safety taken by the Ravens in the first round since Reed in 2002.
** For the pick, Hensley gives the Ravens a 'B' grade.
Elam fits the Ravens' defensive profile: He's aggressive, intense, tough and finds a way to make plays. While some will say Elam is a replacement for
The Ravens retool at safety rather than opting for Te'o or a wide-bodied nose tackle. Elam will probably leave the ball-hawking to newly-signed
With the final selection in the first round, the Baltimore Ravens selected Florida safety Matt Elam. Competing with a variety of second-tier safeties to come off the board in the first round, Elam, at 5-9, is a somewhat surprising pick. Nonetheless, the choice makes sense for a Baltimore squad looking to somehow replace Ed Reed.
** SI.com's Chris Burke gives the Ravens a 'B+' for picking Elam.