Photo of Ben Ijalana
Grade
7.46 ?
  • 6'4" Height
  • 36" Arm Length
  • 317LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

Ijalana was a star for Villanova at the FCS level and he has enough talent to make the jump to the NFL. He projects as a guard at the next level and his strength and finishing attitude will make him a powerful drive blocker. He makes good decisions in pass protection and has quick feet and long arms to handle athletic defensive lineman. He plays a bit high and takes too many false steps and these technical flaws will be exposed against better competition, but Ijalana has the potential to develop into a starting guard and should be selected on Day 2.

Analysis

Strengths

Ijalana has adequate height with a thick build. Quick footed lineman that generates a good push when he gets his hands inside. Displays good awareness in pass protection identifying stunts and blitzes. Fierce competitor that shows a mean streak and fights to whistle. Dominant at the FCS level.

Weaknesses

Does not have the prototypical height for the tackle position and will likely have to move to guard. Struggles to block more athletic defensive lineman in pass protection. Lacks the ability to consistently get to the second level and make blocks in space. Appears sluggish at times and there are concerns about his conditioning.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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