Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ben Ijalana Getting Serious NFL Love

If you have been following the Villanova football team at all, Ben Ijalana is a name that you should know.  Not only is Ijalana, an offensive tackle getting the respect he deserves on the FCS level, but NFL scouts seem to be drooling over the guy.  Here is a quote from Wes Bunting of The National Football Post regarding Ijalana's recent performance against Richmond:
"Watching the Villanova/Richmond matchup this weekend was fun on a couple levels because when you get these two teams together the overall talent level is good enough to definitely compete and even beat a fair amount of the FBS teams that are out there. But, from an NFL prospect type view, there is also one guy who is really starting to shine above the rest and that’s ‘Nova OG Benjamin Ijalana. Ijalana is a big, 6-4, 320-pound kid who can bend and block with leverage in the run game as well as sit into his stance and anchor vs. the pass. However, he really stood out on the move to me this weekend when asked to pull, get out to the second level as he absolutely demolished downhill attacking defenders with a compact punch and powerful leg drive."
As you can see, this guy has all the tools and could end up a very early draft pick and a productive NFL starter.  Depending on his performance at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine he could end up climbing all the way to the second round (no Villanova player has been drafted in the second round or higher since Pro Hall of Famer Howie Long was taken 48th overall by the Oakland Raiders in 1981.)

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