NFL Draft: Bengals Visit Tracker: Florida Safety Matt Elam Visiting Thursday

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October 20, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 44-11. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Elam is coming off a highly-productive season where he totaled 76 tackles, 11 for a loss, four interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble. He’s projected to play strong safety at the NFL level. Elam could easily be had at pick #21, but that may be quite a reach according to’s Josh Norris:


Few players put together a better highlight reel than Elam. He and Thomas are somewhat similar in that they possess less than ideal size for the strong safety position, but I feel more comfortable with Thomas’ tackling and positioning consistency on a play-by-play basis.Projection: Second round


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