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Sophomore predictions: Jermaine Eluemunor

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This series breaks down the players selected by Baltimore in the 2017 NFL Draft and opportunities for improvement in their second NFL season.

Last time we previewed offensive guard Nico Siragusa. Now we look at the only other offensive player selected by the Ravens in 2017, Jermaine Eluemunor from Texas A&M.

Eluemunor was selected with the 159th overall pick in the fifth round by the Ravens. Despite being viewed as a project offensive linemen, Eluemunor started two games for Baltimore in his rookie season due to injuries at the guard position. Eluemunor struggled mightily in his first start against Jacksonville, though he improved in his second game.

Eluemunor was seen as a mauling guard and potential tackle coming out of college. Being relatively new to the game of American football, however, Eluemunor was touted as a raw, developmental prospect. Injuries forced him onto the field much sooner than desired, but this could benefit Eluemunor greatly in the long run.

With the return of All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda and third-year player Alex Lewis, this leaves no room at the guard position for Eluemunor other than depth. With little tackle depth on the roster, however, the Ravens could use Eluemunor as depth to both the guard and tackle position.

I don’t predict Eluemunor will see the field at all this year barring a freakish slew of injuries to the offensive line. Another year of development will work wonders for Eluemunor in his goal of hopefully one day starting in the NFL.