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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Richmond, VA

    Draft 2020: Vikings select Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland with the No. 58 overall pick

    Ezra Cleveland

    Vikings selected Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    Cleveland was a late riser who was talked about as a potential first-rounder. Cleveland (6’6/311) earned the job as Boise State's starting left tackle as a redshirt freshman, garnering back-to-back first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in his final two seasons at the collegiate level. A true snap hog who soaked up 95.6 percent of the team's offensive snaps as a three-year starter, Cleveland's tall stance still leaves him susceptible to being overpowered while simultaneously limiting his ability in any power-running scheme. He still turned heads at Indy's combine in leading all tackles in the Wonderlic (30), bench press (30), short shuttle (4.46), 3-cone (7.26), and 40-yard dash (4.93). His mobility and SPARQ athleticism (91st-percentile) should help him land as a work-in-progress starter at left tackle immediately. Cleveland's arrival in Minnesota could mean the end of the Trent Williams-Vikings rumors. Cleveland is a perfect fit for OC Gary Kubiak's offense.

    Apr 24, 2020, 9:06 PM ET

  2. #2
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    Mar 2009

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    Really the only negatives on him are his arm length and tiny hands. Like 9" hands and 33" arms. But I'm not sure how much of a factor arm length is in a zone scheme. He does seem like an exact clone of O'Neill. Not sure how they compare coming in because O'Neill progressed sooner than expected. So lets hope the same for Cleveland.

  4. #4
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    Jun 2007
    Steubenville, Ohio
    Dane Brugler's write up:

    #7 OT, #30 overall
    STRENGTHS: Finley tuned athlete…composed feet in his set up and mirror skills…loose body movements to quickly gain position, tie up defenders and reset his base…strong hands and upper body to stop rushers in their tracks…natural mobility to connect as a reach or pulling blocker…doesn’t show any stress when working up to the linebacker level…sees things quickly and stays ready for anything…rarely fooled by blitzes or stunts, working well in tandem…rarely ends up on the ground, keeping his feet underneath him…well-respected by his teammates and coaches (Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin: “What I love about Ezra is he has no complacency to him.”)…missed only one start at left tackle the last three seasons.

    WEAKNESSES: Very average from a core strength perspective…doesn’t play explosive through his hands…tends to set tall and needs to use better sink to put down roots…can be moved at the point of attack by blockers who get underneath him…gives up his chest with only average length to counter…rushers are able to power through his outside shoulder if they get the chance…needs to develop more of a mean streak, especially in the run game…suffered a turf toe injury in the 2019 season opener (played through it and missed only one game.)

    SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Boise State, Cleveland was the starting left tackle in head coach Bryan Harsin’s offense. After his redshirt year, he earned the starting left tackle job (pushing Archie Lewis to right tackle) as a freshman and started 40 games there the last three seasons, playing 95.6% of Boise’s offensive snaps over that span. An impressive athlete for the position, Cleveland is comfortable in space with a quick, efficient punch and the intelligence to beat rushers to the spot. However, his lack of anchor strength and explosiveness in his hands are concerns for his NFL transition. Overall, Cleveland struggles to match power in the run game and his lack of length creates a small margin for error, but he stays balanced in his pass sets with the lower body athleticism that frustrates rushers, projecting as
    an NFL starter.
    GRADE: 1st-2nd Round
    2020 Vikings Draft:
    1: Justin Jefferson WR LSU
    1: Jeff Gladney CB TCU
    2: Ezra Cleveland OT Boise State
    3: Cameron Dantzler CB Mississippi State
    4: D.J. Wonnum DE South Carolina
    4: James Lynch DT Baylor
    4: Troy Dye LB Oregon
    5: Harrison Hand CB Temple
    5: K.J. Osborn WR Miami
    6: Blake Brandel OT Oregon State
    6: Josh Metellus S Michigan
    7: Kenny Willekes DE Michigan State
    7: Nate Stanley QB Iowa
    7: Brian Cole S Mississippi State
    7: Kyle Hinton G Washburn

  5. #5
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    Mar 2009
    My boy is signed!

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