By: Max Shepman and Wells Dusenbury
Matt Elam had to sweat out the first night of the NFL Draft, but in the end, he was all smiles. The Florida safety and Dwyer alum was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the final pick in the 1st round, 32nd overall. ESPN 106.3 was the first to report the selection.
The hard-hitting safety had a breakout junior year with the Gators this past season, earning First Team All-American honors on a Florida team that went 11-2.
In high school, Elam was a force to be recokoned with and was named the Lou Groza Palm Beach County High School Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In addition, Elam helped lead Dwyer to a Class 4A State Championship in 2009.
With his new home in Baltimore, Elam could have the chance to compete for a starting job in right away. Long-time safety Ed Reed signed with the Texans in March after spending 11 seasons with the Ravens.
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