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2013 NFL Draft: Florida Safety Matt Elam To Visit Bengals On Thursday

The Bengals are continuing to line up visits with this year's incoming college prospects. Per multiple reports, they will be visiting with one of the top safety prospects this Thursday.


The Bengals are working furiously in the last few weeks in getting to know some of their targets in this year's draft. Aside from heading to a number Pro Day workouts, the Bengals have set up a number of personal visits with some of the more prominent prospects. There is another one on the books, per a report from Joe Reedy with The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Opinions vary on where Matt Elam falls in terms of his ranking in this year's safety class and where he'll end up being picked. Some believe that Elam is the second-best safety prospect in the 2013 class behind Kenny Vaccaro and will be landing somewhere around the Bengals' No.21 pick. Others believe that other free safeties like Jonathan Cyprien and Eric Reid will be selected before Elam, who is technically considered a strong safety.

The Bengals prefer their safeties to be interchangeable and Elam would offer that. In 2012, Elam had two sacks, four interceptions and five passes defensed and was part of a highly-productive Florida Gators defense. He had another two interceptions in 2011 as a sophomore.

Elam also had a decent showing at the Combine back in February, running a 4.54 40-yard dash, 17 repetitions on the bench press, and a 35.5 inch vertical jump. Elam will be visiting with the Tennessee Titans, per a report from Jim Wyatt.