Prospect

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Ben Ijalana (OL)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    317 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    36 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Villanova
  • Conference:
    CAA Football
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Selected by: Indianapolis Colts
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 17 (49)

Pick Analysis: Bill Polian continues to fortify the Colts' offensive line with the addition of Ijalana. Though he is a bit of a developmental prospect, he has outstanding physical tools and upside as a potential right tackle. He will team with Anthony Castonzo to give the team a pair of young bookends to protect Peyton Manning for a long time to come.
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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, maybe sneak into the late first round.


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.

Grade

7.4

 

Video Playlist

  1. Colts take Ben Ijalana No. 49

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 07:43 p.m.

    Former Ole Miss LB Jeff Herrod announces Villanova OT Ben Ijalana as the Colts' selection with the 49th overall pick.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova

    Published: April 8, 2011 at 12:52 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Villanova offensive tackle Ben Ijalana.

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