Ezra Cleveland – OT (Boise State)
Second Round, Pick No. 58
The Vikings were hoping to land their left tackle of the future in the 2020 NFL Draft and many figured they’d use one of their two first-round picks to do so.
With one of those first-round choices, many thought the player Minnesota would take would be former Boise State offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland. But instead of taking him in the first round, the Vikings were able to wait and get him in the second round without having to move up to get him.
That provided huge value for Minnesota and if Cleveland can start some games at left tackle as a rookie in 2020, it’ll be considered a major steal.
Cleveland has plenty going for him. He’s a mammoth of a human standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 311 pounds. He moves extremely well for a man so big and he can get to the second level in a hurry while also getting outside quickly to lead plays around the edge.
There are some questions about his overall strength, but after a few months in the Vikings workout program, that concern should be put to rest. There have been rumblings that Cleveland could potentially start from day one and that would be huge for Minnesota. It would also make this pick one of the biggest values of the entire 2020 NFL Draft.