Matt Elam (S), Florida
5-10 | 208 lbs.
76 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 INT, 2 sacks, 9 PD, 1 FF
Elam is a do-it-all defender who make plays in both zone and man coverage, but also has the ability to stir up trouble in the backfield. The former Gator was the fastest (4.54 seconds) safety to run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in late February. Unique ability to have near perfect hand placement when challenging a receiver at the catch point.
Does not have the ideal size for a player at his position. While his hands are a strength, sometimes Elam has to rely on them to help make up for initially being out of position. Some scouts believe the All-SEC first teamer goes for the big hit too often, creating missed tackles at a higher rate than if he had used proper form.
Fit for the Bears:
Major Wright and Chris Conte have proven they can be trusted after an improved effort playing alongside each other in 2012. The addition of Tom Zbikowski and return of 2012 third round draft pick Brandon Hardin, who missed his entire rookie season with a neck injury, should provide the Bears with enough depth at the safety position. Craig Steltz, Anthony Walters, Tom Nelson, Cyhl Quarles will also be competing for a roster spot, which means taking Elam in the second round is probably not going to happen.