A Safety for the Second-Third Round? Jets Draft Spotlight George Iloka

By Alan Schechter

George Iloka might be a good fit for the Jets at safety in the middle rounds. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

With the April draft coming, we take a look at the positions of need. So far we have analyzed players for positions such as wide receiver, and edge pass rusher. Another major need of this team is at the safety position. Eric Smith stinks, we know it, we saw it last year. Jim Leonhard, if he returns, and LaRon Landry, are both injuries risks. Both of them have had their problems with injuries. A guy who projects to be available in the 3rd round and would be a good value would be George Iloka, safety out of Boise State.

For full scouting reports on Iloka, take a look at nflmocks.com, and cbssports.com


6’4″ 225 pounds

4.66 40 yard dash, 34 1/2″ arms, 9 5/8″ hands, 20 bench press reps

He has compiled 174 tackles and 7 interceptions since his Freshman year, and his known as a “ball hawk”, which is exactly what the Jets are looking for.

Pros: He has good football awareness and ball skills. He is good at locating the ball and attacking it. His skill set gives him the ability to perform well in man and zone coverages. He is a good tackler with his explosiveness and his long arms. He also is a hard worker, on and off the field.

Cons: His frame is a little lean and needs to get bigger. His pursuit angles need to get tighter, and he needs to consistenly finish tackles.

Take a look at this quick video and you be the judge:

To me he is an aggressive tackler, and has a nose for the football. He would be just what the Jets need on the third round to improve upon Eric Smith, and some injury risks.

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