Jan 02, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Jeremy Wright (28) is tackled by Florida Gators defensive back Matt Elam (22) as his helmet comes off during the second half of the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. defeated Florida 33-23. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers Draft Watch: Florida SS Matt Elam

The NFL Combine is starting in a little over a week now and we all know that we will be watching those left tackles and a few other offensive lineman, but we can’t just keep our eyes focused on Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson for that day. There are too many other places on the roster that need upgrades that we can’t ignore some of these other players. Some tend to look at the possible first round draft picks and forget about the possibiltiies in the next rounds.

Leading up to the draft and heading into the combine, we will try to throw out a few more prospects to keep your eyes on. Florida SS Matt Elam is first up on our list.

Just check out these highlights on youTube first:

Florida, Strong Safety
5-foot-10, 202 pounds

Elam wants to smack the crap out of people. He is always looking for that knockout blow. That can also be part of his weakness. He tries to tackle with his shoulder and can bounce off some of the receivers in the league just like Atari Bigby did. The kid will need to learn some fundamentals. Weddle can help teach him some stuff. Weddle wasn’t the best tackler when he came into the league and has turned into a solid tackler.

It has been a while since we have had that hard nosed safety on the roster. We still are looking for that Rodney Harrison type safety hovering around in the secondary. Maybe Elam can step in and provide some of that excitement.

Elam could be available in the second round of the draft. Watch how he does in the combines though. If he excels, he could push his way up in the first round. The New England Patriots could be interested in drafting the safety OR the Baltimore Ravens could be interested if Ed Reed walks.

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