Former Baltimore Ravens first-round pick Matt Elam was arrested on Monday on charges of battery and grand theft. Elam was also arrested in February on counts of drug use.
According to ESPN.com, former Baltimore Ravens first-round draft pick, Matt Elam was arrested Monday morning after fighting with his girlfriend over a phone. In the struggle for the phone, Elam gave his girlfriend some small injuries. Then, proceeded to run out of his girlfriend’s house with her phone.
ESPN.com also reported that Elam was fighting over the cellular phone because he paid for it, however, she stated that she is the person responsible for the phone payments.
Currently, Elam is under arrest for battery and larceny. This is the second arrest in the past four months for Elam. As in February Elam was jailed for drugs when Elam had 126 grams of Marijuana and six oxycodone pills. Obviously, Elam’s actions off the field are not what you would want out of the first rounder.
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Neither does Elam’s success on the field model a “first rounder.” The year after the Ravens won their second Super Bowl, they decided that the secondary needed some help and that Elam was the guy to do it.
He had a decent combine, showing that he was a player who had a lot of speed and physical talent, but it never culminated into much. Elam never showed much as a safety, what he did show was that he was a poor tackler. He was near the top of the league in missed tackles multiple times, and far too often went for the big hit rather than just wrapping up.
He’s also showed a lack of urgency and seemed to be uninterested in furthering himself as a player. He was rated very poorly by Pro Football Focus, specifically as the second-worst safety in the league in 2014.
Matt Elam was never anything the Baltimore Ravens wanted out of him and one of their biggest draft busts of all time. This arrest is another in a long saga of troubles for the former first rounder.