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AFC North: First-Round NFL Draft Analysis

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November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) gets pumped up against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Baltimore Ravens: The Baltimore Ravens were the final pick in the first round and drafted S Matt Elam. The Ravens needed a safety and Matt Elam was always high on their board. Elam is a very physical safety and is extremely good in the run support, reading plays and coming up and making a big hit. When you put on the tape, you see a physical player who makes huge hits and plays with very good instincts. Although, one thing against Elam is his size. NFL teams will be able to use his size against him by putting big TEs (Jermaine Gresham or Tyler Eifert for example) against him and throwing the ball up. Once you put the tape on Elam, one can see he was very clutch in a few performances. The Ravens picked a need and possibly BPA at this draft position.

Grade: B+

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