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Prospect Profiles: George Iloka


TRIANGLE NUMBERS: 6-3, 216, 4.49


National Football Post:

A tall, long limbed safety prospect who possesses good body control/balance for a defensive back his size. He keeps his feet under him in coverage, is patient in his drop and does a nice job keeping his pad level down when asked to turn and run. Obviously it takes him a bit to get back up to full speed, but he plays like a 4.5 guy when asked to turn, run and track the football. Iloka will waste a step when trying to re-direct and get out of his breaks in tight areas. He doesn’t need to chop his feet, but isn’t as clean as you would like from a free safety trying to get in and out of his breaks. He’ll line up in the slot and play some press man at times, using his length well to re-route receivers and stay low in his drop. To his credit, once he collects himself he does have a burst when closing on the football. Instincts and overall feel of reading routes and feeling receivers around him are only average, can be late to react to the throw at times. However, because of his coverage ability -has experience playing corner at the college level- looks like a guy who can be physical with a tight end off the snap and stay in his back pocket at the next level.

He showcases good thump as a tackler using his length well to wrap, but he doesn’t consistently finish on the play. He struggles with balance at times when asked to break down and doesn’t change directions well at full speed when attacking downhill. He will take some poor angles and get side stepped in space and at times. And his angles in the box can be suspect.

Impression: Iloka is a tall kid with solid balance for his size and has some natural athleticism and pop. Has experience playing corner and being a physical press coverage man. However, he isn’t a guy who can quickly re-direct and close on the football in the deep half. He needs to play with his hands on defenders, but is a more coordinated bigger safety than say Seahawks starter Kam Chancellor and he could start at the next level.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Excellent size (he’s a legit 6’3+”) and length (81+” wingspan) for a defensive back – Decent long speed, verified high 4.4?s – Former cornerback – Physical at the line, can press – Has the ability to track a TE/WR in man – Stays balanced and low in and out of his breaks – Fluid hips, turns and runs well – Comes up with an occasional big hit – Ideal fit as a hybrid FS/SS – 27 straight starts shows he is pretty durable – Team captain.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t accelerate particularly well, could close better in zone – Will take some poor angles, but that improved as the season went on – Occasionally fails to come under control and break down when tackling in space.

FF Toolbox:

George Iloka is a tall safety prospect who is really shooting up draft boards after a strong Senior Bowl. With his display of size and speed, he’ll definitely catch the attention of NFL teams looking for a safety who can cover bigger tight end targets.

Iloka has a great feel for the game, whether it is reading routes or feeling receivers in zone coverages. He sits in his drop and can keep his pad level low as he moves around the field. His speed is more than adequate, but he’s a long athlete so he doesn’t have a special initial burst. He can track the football well behind him and make plays on the ball. He can line up in the slot and hold his own in man. Once he gets moving, he can really click and make the bang-bang play.

As a tackler, he uses his length well to wrap up and close on the ball-carrier. He needs to do a better job of bringing the man down to the ground, but he certainly doesn’t shy away from contact. Iloka is only average moving laterally, but he can make up for his lack of quickness by utilizing his strong football IQ. Some teams are looking specifically for this type of safety, so he could go a bit earlier than where he is currently projected.


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GiantsGab Thoughts:

George Iloka is a tall, athletic safety. Can cover tight ends, and has experience at corner. Physical. Can cover tight ends, backs, or wideouts. Has the size to be a factor against the Jimmy Grahams of the world. Needs to improve technique a bit, but NFL coaching will help. Iloka seems to me to be the perfect successor to Deon Grant. We don’t know if Grant will be back, and Iloka has a similar skill set, and has the potential to be better. If the Giants are to stick with the three safety look, well, they need a third safety. Like I said, Grant barely came back last year; without the lockout, hard to see him back. And if he is back, getting him to groom someone would be nice. I think Iloka fits the “Bison” role that Grant has played so well. He needs technique work and needs to improve tackling, but I think that will happen as he gets coached up. I think he can also contribute on specials. So a very versatile player who I think is perfect for that “Bison” role. Second or third round, although I imagine he would be hard to have in the late third. If Iloka is the second round pick, I think that it would be a terrific one.




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8 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: George Iloka”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    He was my second round pick in my mock.

    I think he might be gone by then. You have to take his size into account because of the larger WRs and TEs in the passing game of a lot of teams. Players 5’10” cannot handle those bigger receivers.

    So he will move up the boards especially if he runs that fast.

  2. Joe DeCaro says:

    Chad Jones would be IDEAL for that role.

  3. Jason says:

    Some scouts got Mark Barron falling to 32nd because they say the jets wont pick him would be a major steal in my opinion

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