Originally written December 30, 2012 on Down and Distance:
Florida Safety Matt Elam will reportedly leave for the NFL draft following the team’s bowl game (Credit: AP Photo) Although this story is speculation from Elam’s high school football coach, it appears as though Florida Safety Matt Elam will be leaving for the NFL. Elam led the team with four interceptions, was second in tackles at 65 and tackles for a loss with 10. Elam was also named a first team All-American by the Associated Press. According to the Palm Beach Post, Elam’s high school football coach Jack Daniels has said that the safety will leave this off-season for the NFL. “I think he’s got his mind made up,” Daniels told Lieser. “He’s gone.” “He has the opportunity to be a high draft choice and make more in his signing bonus than most people make in 30 years. It’d be a bad business decision if he didn’t. If somebody told you they’d pay you a million dollars, would you go back to school?” While Elam has yet to answer whether or not he will leave for the NFL, it seems like an obvious decision to leave school early. ESPN.com currently has Elam as the 40th best prospect and the second ranked safety in the 2013 NFL Draft. CBSSports has him listed as the 34th best prospect and the number one ranked safety in next year’s draft. If Elam is a first round draft pick, he has to leave for the NFL. Too many players have gone back to college only to watch their draft stock plummet. The post Florida Gators’ safety Matt Elam leaving for the NFL appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
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