The Baltimore Ravens drafted Ben Cleveland in the third round on Friday night, but he is going viral this week over a story he told about his childhood.
The 6’6″, 345 pound offensive lineman said he was skipping school one day and was so hungry to eat something, but had nothing at home that would satisfy his appetite. So naturally, he grabbed a .22 caliber and shot some squirrels he saw in a tree in his backyard.
He would cook them up soon after.
NFL expert Lance Zierlein had this to say about Cleveland:
“Cleveland isn’t just a burly interior lineman. He has a legitimate pro, wide-body frame with desired lean mass and proportional build. He’s an average athlete for his size, but there are athletic limitations that will put him into the “lumbering” category if he has to redirect his weight or sustain his movements. The fundamentals into his first strike are sound, but he loses the sustain phase faster than expected for a man with his size and strength. He can be a little slow to process the moving pieces in pass protection, which could become a big issue due to below-average reactive lateral quickness. He should become an average starter, but has a chance to upgrade to quality starter if a team can coach him up to become a more consistent people-mover.” — Lance Zierlein