Because of his unusual 6'4", 225-pound frame, George Iloka is a rare safety prospect. A converted cornerback, Iloka has experience in coverage and can be used in a variety of ways.
Iloka isn't athletic enough to have been projected as a first-round pick, but many saw him as a second- or third-round pick.
National Football Post wrote this about Iloka:
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.
As you might expect from someone of Iloka's size, the Boise State safety is excellent in run support. He is also skilled in press coverage and is capable of playing in zone.
Though he is a good athlete, Iloka doesn't accelerate quickly, and, as a result, he doesn't cover great ground. Still, his overall speed is good and Iloka can run with athletic tight ends and even some wide receivers.
Iloka's size and experience at cornerback make him a fit to cover tight ends like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. Few safeties can provide this type of ability, and Iloka's impact will be felt immediately.
Some projected Iloka as a second- or third-round pick so it's possible the Cincinnati Bengals got a steal here. Questions about his closing speed are likely to blame for the mini-slide, but his other physical tools fit the NFL bill. Cinci's secondary already has some good talent, so Iloka should have some time to develop into a useful contributor.
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