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Polamalu are both 5'10", 200 and change. They both were selected in the mid-first round, 14th and 16th respectively. So why would Elam be any different? IMO, he's the best safety I've seen when it comes to stopping the run. Solid speed, and better than advertised coverage skills, but I'm no paid scout.
The rationale I could think of to stop Elam from going in the 1st would be that the league seems to be gravitating towards being a passing league, where a FS with beyond excellent coverage skills would be more coveted.
Also, how does Elam compare to the other top tier S's coming out this year like Reid, Jefferson and Jefferson?
This post was edited by LawOfTheGator 15 months ago
Walk softly but carry a big stick
I think Elam slips into the bottom of the first round, personally ... but very bottom, like in the 30s.
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Most analysts seem to think Elam is the second best safety in the draft, behind Reed. He's battling with Texas' Kenny Vaccaro for that second safety off the board.
What team would you like to see him land with?
Good! That is better for his career - better teams, better coaches.
Reid was a pile of crap this year.
He was disappointing, but he's got the size and upside.
Haha, that is a great point. Landing somewhere like New England would be fantastic for his career imo.
BTW, is the draft order determined already based upon regular season? Or do the results of the playoffs change the order?
Playoffs change the order for playoff teams.
TBH, this Vacarro guy, I've never heard about. He looks to have fantastic size though.
What do you think Elam runs the 40 in? I'm going to say he slips into the high 4.4's like Major Wright. A lot of these times can be significantly increased just based on the proper training and technique prior to the draft. And of course by signficant, I mean anywhere from .05 to .15 off their times.
I want to see elams real height I know he's listed at 5 10 but I think he's shorter than that
He's at least an inch or two taller than I, and I'm 5-8 on a good day.
I bet Elam runs high 4.5s. He is not a burner.
You can't convince Odell Beckham of that.
i always thought biggest knock on elam / hurt draft stock was lack of fluidity / top end 4.5 or better speed to be viewed as cover guy -- thought he'd be viewed as a strictly downhill striker vs a guy who can be counted on in centerfield but what do i know
i never felt great when he was on an island covering guys
Elam plays centerfield pretty well. And hes good in the Nickle in man situations.
No reason he won't be successful in the NFL.
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