With the 94th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Ravens selected Georgia guard Ben Cleveland. The highlight, though, was former Raven Jacoby Jones having a bit of fun with the Cleveland Crowd.
Jacoby Jones to Browns fans: “you can boo all you want … but Ingot a ring … it is what it is.” pic.twitter.com/5xWxSpzw9C
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) May 1, 2021
RSR Staff react to the pick here…
It’s tough not to draft C Quinn Meinerz here after his tumble to the end of the 3rd round, but this just means that the coaching staff is comfortable with Bradley
Bozeman at center. Cleveland has one of the best physiques of any lineman in this draft, and he’s excellent in pass protection as well. I can’t wait to see him clear lanes for Jackson, Dobbins, and Edwards. Great combination of BPA value and need here by EDC.
Regarding why the #Ravens go guard with Cleveland here, Phillips is still in play even at RT & hey, maybe the team just doesn't like Ben Powers. It's not like he's been giving them a reason to commit. Bozeman to C seems like more of a possibility too. #RavensFlock
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) May 1, 2021
Teams tell you what they think of their roster on draft weekend.
They were not happy with the OG play last year and theyr'e making moves to fix it.
One way to look at it: We're giving up on guys
Another way to look at it: We're looking to have the best posible roster NOW
— Cole Jackson (@ColeJacksonFB) May 1, 2021
There it is!
Ben Cleveland is a massive guard who is at his best when he's moving downhill in the running game.
Cleveland, a four year starter in the SEC, could step in at LG for the #Ravens.
This pick feels like a sign that Bradley Bozeman could finally make a move to C. https://t.co/dfOcE5zpkx
— Matt Wise (@TheMattWise) May 1, 2021
After watching the press conference, it was obvious how badly the Ravens wanted Ben Cleveland. It seems very obvious that Bozeman goes to C. The big question I have now is, who makes the team? If we assume Villanueva is signed, that gives us Stanley, Zeitler, Bozeman and Villanueva as starters with Powers, Bredesen, Cleveland and Phillips fighting for LG. They also have Mekari (who showed well at RT last year and has versatility) and Colon-Castillo, who I think is the best back up C we have. However, that is 10 players. At most they keep nine and may only keep eight. Who misses out?
The very big Ben Cleveland fits the Ravens mold of behemoth offensive lineman. Could Bozeman move to center and Cleveland get a chance to start at left guard ? Unlikely in my opinion and he’ll probably be a backup for Zeitler and possibly a starter after Zeitler’s contract expires.