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OL Ijalana wins big

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2011 – 5:51 am

Villanova OL Ben Ijalana hasn’t had the best of luck in this pre-draft process as a sports hernia has kept him from performing for scouts and NFL personnel execs, but Bills fans made it clear they wouldn’t mind seeing him in Buffalo duds in 2011.

After watching the Countdown to Draft Day position preview for guards and centers, Bills fans texted who they felt was the best fit for Buffalo and Ijalana won in a landslide getting an astounding 75% of the vote.

Ijalana, who played tackle for the Wildcats, is seen by some NFL clubs as a guard in the NFL, but despite being a shade under 6’4″ he has 36-inch arms, among the longest in the draft class. That combined with his feet, which several teams feel are good enough to play tackle in the NFL might convince teams to at least try him at tackle at the pro level.

Our Countdown to Draft Day position previews continue today (Wed.) with the outside linebackers. So be sure to watch and then text in who you feel is the best fit for Buffalo by following the instructions at the end of the video.


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OL Ijalana has pro day

Posted by Chris Brown on April 8, 2011 – 8:52 am

Villanova OT Ben Ijalana held a personal workout for NFL scouts this week due to a sports hernia that kept him from performing at the NFL combine in February.

Though the sport hernia still kept him from benching, he did run a pair of 40 times in the mid 5.2s according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt. He also had a 25 1/2″ vertical and an 8’9″ broad jump.

Ijalana at 6’3 5/8″ and 313 pounds was seen by some scouts as a guard because some weren’t sure he was tall enough to play tackle in the NFL. However, his arms measured in at 36 inches, third longest among offensive linemen. With a longer reach some NFL clubs likely feel he can steer pass rushers wide despite not having ideal height.

He’s seen as a late second or early third round pick.


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