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Matt Elam invited to an NFL rookie mini-camp

Matt Elam’s football career isn’t over just yet.

The former UK defensive tackle, one of the most-prized signees of the Mark Stoops’ era, has accepted an invite to participate in the Baltimore Ravens’ rookie mini-camp.

Elam and all the other NFL hopefuls will report to their respective mini-camps either this coming weekend or the next, depending how each individual team decides to do it.

Rookie mini-camps are a three-day event featuring somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-60 players, drawn from draft picks, undrafted free agents, mini-camp invitees and other prospects seeking an opportunity in the league.

In Elam’s case, he’s trying out for a team that already had a Matt Elam on its roster for three seasons, so maybe they could stretch the old Elam’s jersey out and go ahead and give it to the Kentucky Elam. Elam will also have a former UK teammate in Za’Darius Smith there to help fight for him.

Good luck.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Matt Elam invited to an NFL rookie mini-camp



  1. KYboy
    1:14 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    I wish him the best of luck but I don’t think in a short mini camp he will be able to overcome 4 seasons of lack luster performance. If a sports caster calling overrated and lazy can’t get you going (he actually fell from 2nd to 3rd string) then nothing will. .



    • Luether
      8:19 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

      Elam ate his way out of football a long time ago…



  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:43 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Wait, this kid graduated already? It seemed like just yesterday he was being touted as the one who was going to singlehandedly save our football program.



    • lex cath
      3:55 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

      Wait, you forgot about Bowden ! He’s the next that will save it



  3. Joe DBBK
    1:55 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    I also wish him the best of luck in whatever field of work he enters. His commitment to UK over Alabama at the time it was made was a definite plus for Stoops and company at that time. Don’t understand player evaluation criteria or standards for college football let alone the NFL but apparently someone at Baltimore recognized something in Matt that they felt it was worth their time to invite him to their mini camp. Maybe it simply comes under the mantra that you can’t coach size but I hope for Matt’s sake there’s more to it. than that. Perhaps they see him playing on the offensive line or filling a limited, specific need on defense or the practice squad. Don’t know….Anyway., good luck to the young man.



  4. Philthy
    2:05 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    He can hang out with Lamar Jackson. At least for the weekend.



  5. UKgraduateandfanforlife
    2:17 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    You have such a brilliant vocabulary! I am certain that you are qualified to access talent levels of young men.



  6. bigblue2284
    2:28 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    I think Elam under performing could hurt UK in recruiting moving forward. Certainly a good “we told you so” for Alabama to point at.



    • jaws2
      3:28 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

      Not true. The outcome would have been the same at AL, or he would’ve transferred or just relegated to bench work for 4 years. You can’t teach ‘want to’ or discipline. Elam lacked both.



  7. henderblue
    2:40 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    No that title belongs to you, 0505 Asselsyd…



  8. BlueGrass
    3:08 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Based on what he did at UK, he’ll be cut in about a week.



  9. Kat4Life
    4:12 pm May 3, 2018 Permalink

    Human furniture……..wish him luck of course, but all he is, is big……..