Draft board overall prospect rank: #29
Draft board overall offensive tackle rank: #4
Overall rating: 81 (early 2nd)
40 time: 5.25
4/17/11: Ijalana had a great Pro Day and could sneak into the first round. He reminds me so much of Rodger Saffold.
3/29/11: Last year, Rodger Saffold went from large unheralded prospect to early 2nd round pick (33th overall, first pick in the 2nd round) and now he appears to be entrenched as the Rams left tackle of the future, even keeping 2009 #2 overall pick Jason Smith at right tackle. I’m not saying Ilajana will be that good right away, but they have similar stories, similar measurable, and similar games, so you never know.
Ijalana dominated as a left tackle for small school Villanova. Everyone seems to want to move him to guard, where he can certainly play, but remember, everyone wanted to move Saffold to guard. Everyone except the Rams. Ilajana is a shade under 6-4 so he doesn’t have the ideal height at tackle, but with 36 inch arms, he deserves a shot. He has experience physically and technically dominating competition, albeit weaker competition. He at least deserves a shot on the right side in the NFL, where Saffold was originally projected.
NFL Comparison: Rodger Saffold