Elam takes a few lessons on the NFL from his brother
The Ravens' rookie camp ended Sunday morning, and while coach John Harbaugh said he liked what he saw all the way around, the play of top draft pick Matt Elam appeared to catch his eye.
"Matt really picked things up quickly – the same for Arthur [Brown] and really all of those guys," Harbaugh said when talking to the media afterwards. "[Elam] really did a nice job of communicating in the back end, which is not usual for a rookie."
Harbaugh said he liked the way Elam showed force in making calls, something that's impressive for a new player.
"Most rookie defensive backs – even all defensive players – have a tough time with the communication part of it, because they aren’t confident enough to make the calls," Harbaugh said. "He’s smart. He picked it up quickly. He jumped right back there and made calls with force; he was very forceful back there. He played fast. He looked good.”
The Ravens are looking at Elam to help fill a big hole in the defensive backfield as former starters Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard aren't around from last year's Super Bowl championship team any more. That's a problem the team needed to address in the off-season and did with the drafting of Elam and signing of Michael Huff in free agency, a pair of safeties that should help replace Reed and Pollard.
That's why Harbaugh and the coaches probably had their collective eyes on Elam. They're expecting plenty out of the rookie, and at his first brief appearance as a Ravens, it appears Elam passed the test.