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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: G Ben Cleveland


Positional ranking: #5

Big Board ranking: #78

 

Overview

Position: G

College: Georgia

Class: Senior (RS)

Age: 22

 

Measurables

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 343 lbs.

Arm length: 33 3/4″

Hand size: 9 7/8”

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 4.97 sec.

Vertical jump: N/A

Broad jump: N/A

Bench press: 30 reps

3-cone drill: N/A

Short shuttle: N/A

 

Strengths

Extremely strong upper body. Very muscular for an offensive lineman. Wide and broad-chested. Plus length for the interior. Big and powerful. Tremendous athleticism for his size. Excellent turn-and-seal strength. Strikes are very powerful and effective. Can clip a defender with a quick shove. Above-average acceleration as a puller. Smooth into and through the hole. Very good field vision. Quick to recognize and act on an opportunity to move a pile. Extremely strong anchor in pass protection. Uses hands/length to keep distance as a pass protector. Plays with ideal physicality/toughness. Seems like a good character for the offensive line room. Starting experience scattered in first three seasons before taking over as full-time starter in 2020.

 

Weaknesses

Would like to see him engage and overpower more in the running game. Can be too top-heavy and forward-leaning. Average first-step quickness and foot quickness in general. A bit stiff/lumbering. Needs to be more accurate on second-level blocks. Sometimes jolted back early in the rep. Could move his feet better in pass protection. Ruled academically ineligible for 2020 Sugar Bowl.

 

NFL comparison

Bill Fralic

 

Conclusion

Overall, Cleveland is a very strong guard that is built on the same spectrum as The Mountain from Game of Thrones and Bane from The Dark Knight Rises. While he can be slow-footed in some instances, the size, power, and athleticism should draw Day 2 consideration for teams looking to upgrade on the interior.

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Cen
Cen
24 days ago

POWER

Will Cooper
Will Cooper
24 days ago

Browns draft him too?

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