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Thursday April 25, 2013 Lack of an agent not hurting Elam's draft prospects

Matt Elam

Matt Elam works out for NFL scouts at UF's Pro Day last month.

NEW YORK -- Gators safety Matt Elam won't be here tonight at Radio City Music Hall with teammate Sharrif Floyd for the NFL Draft.

Floyd is one of 24 prospects on hand for the draft's first round and is expected to hear his name called very early. Many mock drafts have Floyd going with the No. 3 overall pick to Oakland.

While Elam isn't participating in the red-carpet ceremonies, that doesn't mean he won't be a first-round selection. In most draft projections, Elam is listed as a late first-round pick or early second-round selection.

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have reportedly shown an interest in Elam in the wake of Ed Reed's departure. Elam blossomed in his final two seasons at Florida and was a first-team All-American as a junior.

He plays with the kind of toughness valued by Florida coach Will Muschamp, who said Thursday that Elam should not have to wait long to hear his name called.

"Matt is a first-round guy. He's got that ability,'' Muschamp said on the way to New York to attend the NFL Draft for the first time. "He is a violent player and plays the game the way it's supposed to be played. He is a tremendous competitor.

"Again, another guy who God has blessed with tremendous ability but he has worked hard and put himself in this position to be successful. He will be successful. He's a leader that people gravitate to. He's got natural leadership ability."

According to a report from Forbes.com this week, Elam is a rarity among top prospects -- he has yet to hire an NFL agent. His brother Abe Elam, a current free agent who has played 104 career games in the NFL and spent last season with the Chiefs, has been Matt's adviser through the draft process.

Abe Elam attended Florida's Pro Day in March and spoke to several scouts and reporters about his younger brother's prospects.

"Not to discredit any agent, but Matt has done the things to put himself in a position to have a high draft grade without an agent," Abe Elam told Forbes. "There is no contract right now to be evaluated because he hasn’t been drafted yet. At some point we will have to address whether Matt should hire an agent or an attorney."

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