Ben Ijalana

Ben Ijalana scouting report

Ben Ijalana OG Villanova
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 320

Strengths:
Four-year starter at left tackle who dominated the FCS ranks. Started all 53 career games without missing any time due to injuries. Prototypical size and strength for an interior lineman. Above average athleticism for a guard.
Weaknesses:
Hasn’t faced elite competition. Will need to learn a new position at the next level. Fundamentals are shaky; dominated FCS opponents with size and strength and developed bad habits. Plays too high; will consistently get beat by more athletic defensive linemen at the next level.
Comments:
Ijalana has prototypical size and should be a starter down the road but is a bit of a project as of right now. His success will depend on how quickly he picks up the techniques necessary to compete in the NFL. If he’s a fast learner he could start right away and develop into an elite lineman. Given the work he needs, he would be a risky 1st-round pick but could end up being a steal in the 2nd or 3rd round.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

Most intriguing battles at the Senior Bowl

Von Miller vs Ryan Kerrigan
There aren’t many elite 3-4 pass rushers in this year’s draft class, which is typically one of the most sought-after positions early in the draft. Both Miller and Kerrigan are capable of playing outside in the 3-4 scheme and a number of teams could be in the market for them in the 1st round. Both players grade out very close and this could be an opportunity for one to get the upper hand.

Jake Locker vs Ricky Stanzi
Talent-wise, there’s no comparing Locker and Stanzi (Locker wins easily). Production-wise there’s also no comparing them (Stanzi wins easily). If Locker plays up to his full potential, this should be his opportunity to reclaim his consensus 1st-round grade. However, if he is out-played by Stanzi – who plays with a similar style and has a comparable skill set – Locker is almost certain to fall out of the 1st round.

Gabe Carimi vs Anthony Castonzo vs DeMarcus Love
Do we have a left tackle in this group? All three are fringe 1st-round prospects and what holds them back is the question about their position. None of the three have the elite athleticism you look for in a left tackle, but all three had productive careers on the left side in college. Seeing all three on the same field will help clear up the picture as to who has a legitimate case to be a 1st-round pick.

Mike Pouncey vs Ben Ijalana vs Rodney Hudson
Who is the top interior lineman in Mobile? Entering this week I give a slight edge to Ijalana, but we have yet to see him face elite competition. With a solid week Ijalana could become a potential 1st-round prospect, much like Mike Iupati used the Senior Bowl as a spring board last year. However, Pouncey and Hudson will have that same opportunity. All three have different body builds and are very different players, making this an interesting competition to watch. [updated: Mike Pouncey has elected not to participate].

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft 1 Comment