How former offensive lineman Ben Cleveland suits with the Ravens | Georgia Sports activities


Former Georgia Offensive Guardian Ben Cleveland was selected by the Baltimore Ravens as the 94th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. At the time, he was the sixth offensive lineman in Georgia to be drafted since 2018.

As a Bulldog, Cleveland started all nine regular season games in 2020 and seven games on the right in 2019. During his career in Georgia, he started 27 of a total of 45 games.

In his last three seasons in Georgia, he allowed zero sacks and only 12 quarterback hits in a total of 606 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

The offensive lineman, listed at 6-foot-6,335 pounds, showed surprising athleticism for his height at Pro-Day on March 17 with an unofficial 4.85-meter shot from 40 meters.

Cleveland was also invited to this year’s Senior Bowl, but in practice sprained her ankle and was unable to participate in the rest. He suffered another injury in 2018 when he broke his primer in the fourth game of the season.

The Ravens offensive line has suffered a number of losses over the past few seasons and has since made a provisional line-up. With the deal of Orlando Brown Jr. and the resignation of Marshal Yanda, the Ravens have recently struggled to pull together a successful offensive line.

Cleveland’s additional talent will give the Ravens a number of options in the offensive line.

“He will definitely have a chance to play on the left,” said Raven head coach John Harbaugh in a virtual press conference. “It gives us an opportunity to possibly move Bradley [Bozeman] to the center.”

Harbaugh said reworking Baltimore’s offensive line in the off-season is a priority. Cleveland’s size and excellent pass protection give him the opportunity to start in the coming season.

With the off-season signings from Cleveland, Kevin Zeitler and Alejandro Villanueva, Ravens’ offensive line will look significantly different than last year.

The Ravens have had success in the past launching offensive linemen that were drafted in the mid to late rounds. In 2020, Bradley Bozeman, Tire Phillips, Ben Powers and Brown Jr. all saw ample time on the offensive and were drafted on the sixth, third, fourth and third rounds.

Cleveland will join former Bulldogs Long Snapper Nick Moore and Eli Wolf in Baltimore.

Cleveland gives Baltimore’s offensive line size, speed and solid protection: exactly what the Ravens were looking for this off-season. He has the potential to show his professional talent in the coming months and be an NFL starter in the 2021 season. To do this, however, he has to beat some experienced players.