Yesterday, the Ravens shipped offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor for an “undisclosed” draft pick. The specific details of the trade with New England have emerged this afternoon, however, courtesy of ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Trade terms: Baltimore dealt OL Jermaine Eluemunor and a sixth-round pick to New England for the Patriots’ fourth-round pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 29, 2019
Many expected Baltimore receive a sixth-rounder for Eluemunor straight up. Instead, they attached a sixth-round pick in the deal and landed a fourth-round selection. It’s a bit of a surprising haul considering Eluemunor is a relatively unproven commodity.
For the Patriots, Bill Belichick and company clearly see untapped potential in Eluemunor and are confident they can develop him effectively. The Ravens gave Eluemunor an opportunity to seize their starting left guard job this offseason and while he showed flashes at time, he ultimately failed to step up to the plate.
Eluemunor is the second offensive lineman the Ravens have traded this offseason, as they also sent 2016 fourth-round pick Alex Lewis to the New York Jets. Eric DeCosta managed to land a seventh-round pick for Lewis and on top of now taking in a fourth-rounder for Eluemunor, Baltimore has the draft capital ammunition to potentially make another deal.
Ravens could have as many as 10 draft picks in 2020 (although comps can change):— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) August 29, 2019
First round (1 pick)
Third (2, including comp for Z.Smith)
Fourth (3, including comp for J.Brown and one from NE)
Fifth (2, including one from Min.)
Seventh (conditional from NYJ)
With Eluemunor out of the picture, the Ravens in-house candidates for the vacant starting spot at LG are now James Hurst, Ben Powers, Bradley Bozeman, and UDFA Patrick Mekari. It’ll be interesting to see if they role with any of these players or seek to find an outside option via trade or signing.
luemunor will return to Baltimore this season when the Patriots travel to take on the Ravens in Week 9.