George Iloka   S   Boise St 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

George is one of the better cover safeties in this draft.  He has good size and speed as well as an excellent burst to the ball.  He has those long arms and legs that make it easy for him to cover a lot of ground and recover if he gets beat.  George is smart and shows good leadership skills.  He can play up in the box and has the speed to play as a single free safety.  George is more of a drag down tackler, but will come up quickly to support the run.  He is fearless, has great instincts and football intelligence beyond his years.  George will be able to cover those pass catching tight ends that are ripping up the NFL right now.  He has the quickness to move to cornerback in the red zone and I believe in the middle of the field would be an excellent zone cover cornerback.  You can't lose drafting a player like George and adding him to your backfield.  He is a winner.

 

CONCERNS

George needs to add more bulk to handle being an "in the box" safety and I'm not convinced he has the body type to do that.  He also needs to learn how to shed blocks better.  He is a solid tackler right now; however, he needs to play more under control when he goes to the line of scrimmage to make a tackle. The scouts call this "breaking down" better to make a tackle.  For the next level, I think George is more of a free safety than a strong safety and if he doesn't learn to play under control when he makes a tackle, injuries will become a big problem for him.

 

BOTTOM LINE

This kid is a hell of a football player.  He has good size, speed and quickness to go along with leadership skills and football intelligence. Seriously, what more do you want?  He needs to slow himself down a little when he attacks the line of scrimmage to protect himself from injury and to stay on the field, but is that really a big problem?  I don't think so.  He is going to play in the Senior Bowl and I think after that he will move up the boards very quickly.  Will he make it into the first round? Your guess is as good as mine.  That's why we use the two board system.  To show you that there is talent in every round and because of needs and politics of the draft, some players get lost and are drafted in rounds that maybe their talent suggests otherwise.  No matter what round you draft George in, he will play right away, become a leader for your coaching staff on the field and make impact plays. 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart   Jan /12