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.
But, like any small-school prospect, he is raw, especially as a pass blocker and has a tendency to simply stand upright off the snap, extend his long arms and lock out.
However, he’s a good enough athlete to certainly be a player in the NFL — I see him more as a guard — as he still has a lot of upside to his game. His athleticism, physical skill set and willingness to finish blocks and dominate are all NFL-worthy attributes and he looks like a dirty starter (year two starter) at the next level to me at this stage."
Talking to Craig Haley of The Sports Network, Talley said Ijalana has great feet, is quick and agile.
"He's a very athletic offensive lineman," Talley said. "I think in college football and pro football, that's what you're looking for because you end up playing against real fast, speed guys on the edge. It's real hard to get around Ben because he's very quick and he's a big strong guy as well.""
Zone Blocking Guard, or as a dominant Smash Mouth Guard!! Either way, he's got the raw Power ~ and surprising athleticism ~ to forge an exceptional career in the NFL.
He's very raw, and might go as late as the 3rd Round because of it, but he is a flat out 1st Round Talent, who I believe will prove to be one of the great Steals of the upcoming Draft!!
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