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Lombardi's Way Ravens Ignore Wide Receiver

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Team Fails to Select a Pass Catcher

In the fifth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft the Ravens called the name of Jermaine Eluemunor (eh-LOO-muh-nor). I’ll remember the pronunciation with this clue: “Light the way Jermaine!” Think about it.

Anyway, Eluemunor is a physical beast and has the needed skill set to develop into a quality offensive lineman. But he is raw and it will take a lot of work and guidance from Ravens offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris and offensive assistant Greg Roman.

Eluemunor’s bio reveals some interesting facts. grew up in North London, coming over to the United States at the age of 14. The 6’4”, 332-pound former Aggie grew up in North London, eventually arriving in the United States at the age of 14. While in London he played rugby and then moved on to wrestling and football during his New Jersey high school days.

This draft pick reminded me a bit of the Ravens selection of Ramon Harewood, the 194th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Harewood was born and raised in Barbados. He hung around with the Ravens for 3 unforgettable seasons. If Harewood was a cold case, he’d be labeled, “failed experiment”.

Making the failed experiment even more disappointing is the player that was selected immediately after the native Bajan. His name – Antonio Brown. You know the rest of the story.

But back to Eluemunor, following him on the draft board during Round 5 were five wide receivers, a position the Ravens ignored throughout their seven selections. It will be interesting to see how these receivers develop during the course of their respective careers. Their names:

• Shelton Gibson, West Virginia
• Rodney Adams, South Florida
• Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
• DeAngelo Yancey, Purdue
• Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech

Another interesting pick for the Ravens was defensive lineman Chris Wormley from Michigan. Here’s what Scout Inc.’s Kevin Weidl had to say about the 74th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft:

What he brings: Wormley is a long, well-proportioned defender who does his best work against the run. He will struggle to be a good pass-rusher, but at least he’s capable of getting some push and occasionally moving the QB off his spot.

How he fits: The Ravens add another big and powerful body to their front line in an effort to replace Lawrence Guy and Timmy Jernigan, who departed this offseason. Wormley should help the Ravens continue to maintain a rushing defense that ranked fifth in the league last season.

Wormley adds to the Ravens depth as an anchor DE in run support and he helps fill the void created by the departures of Lawrence Guy and Timmy Jernigan. But was he necessary? Isn’t it time to let Brent Urban and Bronson Kaufusi show what they can do? Couldn’t this position have been addressed later on in the draft if in fact the Ravens determined that they needed reinforcements at the position?

Again, the unfulfilled need at wide receiver rears its ugly head. Here are a few receivers chosen after Wormley in the third round:

• ArDarius Stewart, Alabama
• Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech
• Chris Godwin, Penn State
• Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois
• Chad Williams, Grambling State
• Amara Darboh, Michigan

Helping Heap

Yesterday I discovered on Facebook an effort to provide support for Todd Heap and his family who are experiencing pain that I can’t even begin to imagine after the tragic death of 3-year old Holly Heap. It’s called: #HugsFromHollyDay

The objective of the effort was posted in a message on HugsFromHolly.com

“Holly was known to give the best hugs, and her love for everyone and everything in life was contagious. Let’s spread this job as we scatter sunshine in Holly’s honor on her birthday.”

#HugsFromHollyDay asks that on May 3 you:

1. Wear PINK in Holly’s honor
2. Make a plan to share hugs and spread love & joy through random acts of heartfelt kindness for those in your community. Smile more. Compliment somebody. Write a kind note. Share treats (or chicken nuggets). Do a free lemonade stand. Leave a bigger tip than usual. Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. Donate a book in Holly’s honor. Turn up the music and dance… the list is endless. Be creative!
3. Capture your family spreading joy and post your pictures using the hashtag #hugsfromhollyday

Count me in!

Here’s to the Heap family. May they learn to live their lives free from the burdens of such a devastating loss, lifted by the spirit and memories of Holly’s Hugs.

God bless the Heaps!

Holly Heap

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