With the NFL constantly pushing to spread the game around the world, and increase the talent pool beyond North America, the handful of international players currently in the league are a key resource and example for prospective players around the world.
They're sparsely found on active rosters around the league, but the number of Brits making it at the highest level is slowly increasing.
Prior to the huge announcement Thursday that Jaguars owner Shahid Khan will be purchasing Wembley stadium in an effort to move his franchise to London, GiveMeSport spoke to one of the four British players who were on an active NFL roster in 2017; Ravens guard Jermaine Eluemunor.
The London-native was a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M last year, and talked all from his backstory to his draft day experience.
GIVEMESPORT: Tell us about how you got in to American Football, your move to America and how you ended up at Texas A&M.
Jermaine Eluemunor: I really just came across the NFL on tv. I watched the (2007) Giants vs Dolphins London game, and from then on my goal was to make the NFL.
I moved to America when I was 14, played one year of high school football and then walked on at junior college. I took my opportunity and when I got my offer from (Texas) A&M it was all worth it, all the sacrifices I’d made.
GMS: What about the other Brits in the league? Jay Ajayi, Menelik Watson, Jack Crawford, do you have much of a relationship with any of those guys?
JE: I don't know Jack, but I'm actually really tight with Menelik, and when we played Jay in the preseason I got to know him a bit too.
GMS: Last year the NFL introduced it's International Player Pathway scheme which gave all four NFC South teams an extra practice squad spot for an international player. What are your thoughts on that and do you think it’ll genuinely help get more international players on to active rosters?
JE: I think it will because it gives guys the chance to compete against other top level players. Football’s a growing sport and it just takes one opportunity for a player to get here and show what they can do. It’s great that the NFL is giving more international players the chance to come and play in this league.
Draft buzz for one international prospect
The 2018 NFL draft begins tonight, and whilst there aren't any high profile Brits in the mix, there is one intriguing international prospect that could be late round pick.
Jordan Mailata, a former NRL star with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, is attempting to make the conversion to the NFL as an offensive lineman and his rare physical traits are appealing to teams. The 20-year-old stands at a mammoth 6'8, 346 pounds, and ran an impressive 5.12 second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day.
All three days of the NFL Draft are exclusively live on Sky Sports with opening night getting underway from 12.30am on Friday, April 27 on Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Mix.
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