Ben Cleveland, Offensive Guard, Georgia – 6-6, 345
Big Ben Cleveland is so big, but stop us if you’ve heard this joke before today. It’s no joke that Cleveland is rated as one of the better guards in this draft. It’s also no joke to think that he could be the eventual replacement for Brandon Scherff. He is a massive bulldozer in the running game and can open up wide lanes in his path. Defenders are unable to bull-rush him. Cleveland plays with a mean, nasty attitude.
Quinn Meinerz, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin-Whitewater – 6-3, 320
When Quinn Meinerz posed for photographers at the Senior Bowl with his exposed large belly and “don’t care” attitude, fans across the nation had a new underdog to cheer for and appreciate. Coming from a small school can typically be a hindrance to any NFL prospect, but Meinerz takes it all in stride and has become a solid prospect in recent months. He is a bit raw for now, but Meinerz is also a bonafide option with any team looking for an interior lineman.
Verdict: Meinerz would be the sentimental pick for many fans, but Cleveland is the better prospect. He can start from day one and have a greater impact far into the future.