Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/26/13
 You knew that the first round selection of the Ravens would address replacing one of the legends, Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. Once ILB Alec Ogletree was off the board, it was destined to be a safety, and Matt Elam is a great fit. A ball hawk and hard hitter, Elam has a knack for the spectacular play.At 5'10", 208 pounds, he can lay the big hit on a running back and still have the speed to cover the slot receiver. While he may never be the turnover machine that Ed Reed is, Elam has the potential to be a better cover safety. He does bring the emotional edge that the Ravens lost with Lewis and Reed, and could emerge as the defensive spark plug moving forward. I believe the Ravens were looking for Alec Ogletree to make it to them at #32, and they were disappointed when the Rams grabbed him at #30. That sealed the deal for them to select Elam. In passing on Manti Te'o, the Ravens may be looking towards ILB Arthur Brown for Kansas St. later in the second round. They could be looking to package a couple picks to grab Brown in the middle of the second. Don't expect the Ravens to move far enough to make a bid for Te'o.From here, watch for the Ravens to fill that ILB slot, then to add a big bodied possession receiver. There will be a few OL candidates drafted in the later rounds, and don't be too surprised to see a quarterback drafted to improve the depth there. 
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