Monday, May 6, 2013
Elam a starter this season?
By Tim Kavanagh
It's hard to judge too much based off of rookie minicamps. But in the case of first- and second-round picks -- many of whom are projected as starters during their rookie seasons -- it provides a first look at their initial progress with the new club.
The Baltimore Ravens may be two-for-two when it comes to their first- and second-rounders from the 2013 draft being instant starters. At No. 32 overall, they nabbed S Matt Elam, and it appears so far so good in terms of his stepping in to replace the departed Ed Reed. "It went well," Elam indicated, according to the Baltimore Sun. "I got better every day. I'm improving. I'm very comfortable and very smooth out there. It felt great. I'm very excited to be with the best and start working with the vets."
HC John Harbaugh was pleased with the work of both Elam and second-round pick Arthur Brown, who is in the mix to start at ILB following the loss of Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe. "Matt really picked things up quickly, same for [second-round inside linebacker] Arthur [Brown]," Harbaugh confirmed. "He really did a nice job of communicating in the back end which isn't usual for a rookie. Most rookie defensive backs all defensive players have a tough time with the communication part because they're not confident enough to make the calls."
The Ravens signed Michael Huff this offseason, and return James Ihedigbo to the mix. But it would seem that Elam is on track to start right out of the gates.