Matthew D. Elam (born September 21, 1991) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Florida, where he earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Elam representing the Ravens at a charity event in 2013
|Born:||September 21, 1991|
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||208 lb (94 kg)|
|High school:||William T. Dwyer|
(Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
|Player stats at CFL.ca|
Elam was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He attended William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, where he played linebacker, defensive back, running back and wide receiver for the Dwyer Panthers high school football team. As a senior, he had 1,883 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named Gatorade High School Football Player of the Year and Mr. Football for the state of Florida, and a USA Today high school All-American. He played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where he announced his intent to play at the University of Florida during the game. He is the younger brother of former NFL safety Abram Elam.
Elam accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he played for coach Urban Meyer and coach Will Muschamp's Florida Gators football teams from 2010 to 2012. As a freshman in 2010, Elam played in all 13 games and recorded 22 tackles. As a full-time starter during his 2011 sophomore season, he had 78 tackles, two interceptions and two quarterback sacks. Following his junior season in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, CBS Sports, Scout.com and Sports Illustrated, as well as a second-team selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a semifinalist for both the Thorpe Award and Bednarik Award.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in
|4.43 s||1.58 s||2.53 s||35.5 in
|9 ft 10 in
|All values from NFL Combine |
Elam was viewed as one of the top safeties in 2013 years draft class. Some experts and scouts said he lacked size for a safety with just a height of 5' 10" and maybe should be moved to corner because of that. He is known for his ability to make electrifying plays all over the field and for his emotional leadership. Most experts projected Elam to go in the mid to late first round of the NFL Draft.
The Baltimore Ravens selected him in the first round (32nd overall pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft. After a promising rookie season, Elam struggled the following year causing him to lose playing time. On August 31, 2015, Elam was placed on injured reserve, after suffering a torn bicep and missed the entire 2015 NFL season.
On May 2, 2016, the Ravens optioned not to pick up the fifth year of his contract. On September 5, 2016, Elam was placed on injured reserve. Elam was activated off injured reserve on November 5, 2016 prior to Week 9.
With declining performance since his rookie year, missing significant playing time, and given the Ravens decision to not pick up the final year of his rookie contract, Elam was considered a bust given his status as a first-round draft pick.
After his arrest on February 26, 2017, the Ravens released a statement regarding the upcoming free agent, stating "we are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens", indicating their plans of moving on from Elam.
Elam signed to the Saskatchewan Roughriders' practice roster on July 2, 2018. He was promoted to the active roster on July 24, but was placed on the suspended list on November 7. He was released on May 24, 2019.
NFL career statisticsEdit
Note: Statistics are correct through Week 17 of the 2016 NFL season.
On February 26, 2017, Elam was arrested in Miami, Florida for possession of a 126.2 grams of marijuana and 3.1 grams of oxycodone. He was charged with one count of cannabis possession, one count of possession of cannabis with intent to sell or deliver, and one count of possession of a controlled substance. On June 26, 2017, the drug charges were dropped.
On May 22, 2017, Elam was arrested on battery and theft charges involving a dispute with his girlfriend over an iPhone. Delray Beach Police charged him with suspicion of grand theft and misdemeanor battery after confrontation and was booked in Palm Beach County Jail and had a bond set at $4,500. According to a police report, he went to his girlfriend's residence to pick up a vehicle and attempted to grab her iPhone from her hand after she refused to give him his money. During the process of grabbing the phone, the couple fell to the ground and continued to struggle over it. She then entered his vehicle and took his cell phone and Elam responded by leaving after she refused to return it. On June 21, 2017, the charges were dropped after the prosecutor said the accuser would not cooperate and they had insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.
- GATORADE NAMES MATT ELAM FLORIDA PLAYER OF THE YEAR Archived January 31, 2013, at Archive.today
- MATT ELAM WILL BE NAMED 2009 MR. FOOTBALL Archived January 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
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- Ryan, Mink (November 5, 2016). "Ravens Safety Matt Elam Activated to 53-Man Roster". BaltimoreRavens.com.
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- Mink, Ryan (February 26, 2017). "Reports: Matt Elam Arrested In Florida On Drug Charges". BaltimoreRavens.com.
- Smith, Michael David (February 26, 2017). "Ravens' Matt Elam arrested on drug charges". Profootballtalk.com. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
- "Drug charges dropped vs. Matt Elam in Miami-Dade County". ESPN.com. June 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- A.J. Perez (May 22, 2017). "Ex-Ravens S Matt Elam arrested on suspicion of battery, grand theft". usatoday.com. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
- "Ex-Ravens safety Matt Elam has grand theft, battery charges dropped". ESPN.com. June 21, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.