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Jermaine Eluemunor receives PFWA All-Rookie honors, despite poor season

The Ravens had one rookie land on the PFWA All-Rookie honors list.

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The Pro Football Writers of America recently voted for the Rookie Awards, and a single Raven made the cut. No, it wasn’t Marlon Humphrey, the star-in-the-making; instead, it was fifth-round guard Jermaine Eluemunor.

The Ravens guard played in eight games this season, starting in two.

After observing the numbers, it’s obvious Eluemunor received votes due to the scarcity of rookie guards, rather than his performance.

Eluemunor played 198 pass blocking snaps in eight games. He allowed three sacks, one hit, and four hurries in said snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He did not hit the minimum snap requirement, but if he had, he’d have ranked 72nd among qualifying guards.

Eluemunor graded fairly poor, also:

Overall grade: 39.3
Pass Block grade: 46.2
Run block grade: 38.4

As mentioned, Eluemunor received more votes due to a lack of rookie guards, rather than his actual performance.

Eluemunor is a rookie—a fifth-round selection, and therefore this single season shouldn’t measure his career potential. He was drafted as a raw player with upside, and while he didn’t flash in his first season, it wasn’t expected that he would. Fans shouldn’t praise his award, but they also shouldn’t write him off. He has a ways to go, but under Ravens offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris and five-time All-Pro recipient Marshal Yanda’s tutelage, let’s hope he grows into a formidable guard.




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