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Baltimore selected Florida safety Matt Elam with their first-round pick.
Elam is an obvious choice for the Ravens' top draft pick on this list. Yes, he was their first-round pick, but he is also a virtual lock to start Week 1, something that can't be said of many other players selected by Baltimore this year.
Elam will likely fill the void at strong safety left by Bernard Pollard. If his highlight videos are any indication, he should fill his predecessor's shoes quite nicely, possessing that hard-hitting ability that made Pollard one of the best run-stopping safeties in the league.
He racked up 76 tackles for the Florida Gators last season, showing great ability to get off blocks and wrap up the ball-carrier. One way that Elam could prove to be an even better defender than Pollard is with his passing defense.
The young safety saw time at both free safety and strong safety during his college career. He finished his career with six interceptions, including four that he hauled int last season. Given that safety Ed Reed is now with the Houston Texans, Baltimore will need all the pass-coverage players they can find at the safety position.
Elam looks to be a strong candidate for the Ravens at safety heading into Week 1 of the season, and should be a solid contributor for years to come.