With the 59th pick in the NFL Draft, the [team] selected Boise State OT Ezra Cleveland.
A two-time All-Mountain West First Team honoree, Cleveland started 40 career games. In 2019, Cleveland started 13 games for a Boise State offense that averaged the 34 points per game.
Ezra Cleveland is raw but all the traits are there. At 6-6, Cleveland has more than enough athleticism for the position. His flexibility, along with the athleticism and size, makes him an intriguing option. He’s not a plug-and-play guy and will need to be developed at the next level.
Cleveland needs to clean up his technique at the next level, especially in terms of strength and framing of blocks. The physical traits make him a coach’s dream. Cleveland may not develop at the next level, but given his experience playing left tackle, someone will take a chance on the big man.
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What the Scouts Say
Ezra Cleveland should be appealing to offenses that employ a zone run blocking scheme, where his lateral mobility and range can be taken advantage of. With that said, he leaves much to be desired in terms of power which limits him in the run game and he works overtime to anchor against power rushers. –Joe Marino, The Draft Network
Athletic left tackle able to make all outside zone blocks in the run game, but in dire need of additional mass and functional strength. Tape work can be tricky as Cleveland suffered a turf toe injury in his second game of the 2019 season and was unable to practice for much of the year. –Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
ESPN is quoted as saying Ezra Cleveland is a “big baby” during the NFL Draft.
Ezra Cleveland solidly fits in the Vikings’ scheme. Although Cleveland is raw in his skills, he fits the Vikings scheme. The Vikings run a zone blocking scheme and Cleveland’s best fit is there. It will be interesting to see if Cleveland starts. Although he’s raw, there’s the possibility with a strong camp that he replaces one of the tackles and takes it.