ATHENS — The Baltimore Ravens selected Georgia offensive guard “Big Ben” Cleveland in the third round with the 94th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on Friday night.
“You talk about a guy that’s going to have a long career in the NFL, right guard, All-SEC player, consistent movement as a drive blocker and pass protector, he held up really well,” ESPN NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said.
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Former NFL player and ESPN commenter Louis Riddick is also impressed with what Cleveland offers.
“He’s a monster now, his upper body strength is something fierce,” Riddick said. “He will finish you. He’s going to have to learn set points, angles, punch timing to make sure in pass protection, when good 3 techniques get on his edge, and are able to get even with him, that he can still protect the quarterback.”
Cleveland becomes the fifth Bulldogs player off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft.
• CB Eric Stokes (Green Bay), 29th overall, first round
• CB Tyson Campbell (Jacksonville ), 33rd overall, second round
• OLB Azeez Ojulari (New York Giants ),50th overall, second round
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Cleveland, a Toccoa, Ga., product, was a member of Kirby Smart’s first signing class in 2016, choosing the Bulldogs out of Stephens County (Ga.) High School. After redshirt that first season he worked his way into the starting lineup the final five games of the 2017 season.
Cleveland’s selection in the 2021 NFL Draft means 10 of the 11 starters for Georgia in the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship Game were selected. Only offensive guard Kendall Baker, who suffered a season-ending injury in 2018, was not an NFL draft pick.
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