Ravens rookie guard Ben Cleveland signed his rookie contract Tuesday, leaving the team just one deal shy of a finalized rookie class.
Fellow third-round pick Brandon Stephens, a defensive back from Southern Methodist, is now the only rookie in the Ravens’ eight-player draft class who has not yet signed. Rookies reported to training camp Tuesday, meaning a deal with Stephens is likely close.
The 6-foot-6, 357-pound Cleveland is expected to contend for the vacant left guard position in training camp this summer. The No. 94 overall pick in the NFL draft, Cleveland will battle Ben Powers, Tyre Phillips and others inside.
“You can’t go play fast until you know what you’re doing,” Cleveland said in May. “I think that’s definitely step one, is just making sure you get that playbook down pat. That’s really what I’m worried about right now. [I’m] not really thinking ahead to fall [training] camp and that starting job. Obviously, that’s the goal for this year, but that can’t happen until I get the playbook down and learn my assignments.”
Cleveland’s four-year deal is worth an estimated $4.8 million overall.