Heres a Cool read on Ijalana and Stef Wisnewski from Greg Gabriel, whos got 29yrs of scouting and working with some great personal, like Parcells, Bellichick, Reeves, george young, and accorsi.. Another words, when he speaks, i listen...I have been saying, i woulden't right off Ijalana at LT, even though his competiton wasen't the greatest, but when u see him play, u marvel at how domiant he looks, and how good he looks, fundamentally... And how u can not love Wisnewski is beyond me.. I thought before, there was no way in he-l he was going outside of RD 2, but after doing a 4rd draft debacled mock, u really see how hard it is to fit everyone in where u think there values at, and i had him in the beggining of the 3rd, but i pretty much still think hes almost guranteed to go in RD 2... These guys are really good players...
The state of Pennsylvania brings us two very interesting offensive line
prospects this year. They are Ben Ijalana of FCS Villanova and
guard/center Stefan Wisniewski of Penn State. Both of these players
played a lot of football for their schools the last four years and
should be high picks in the draft. Letís break both down.
ICONBen Ijalana started 53 straight games at Villanova.
Ijalana has been a four-year starter at left tackle for Villanova. He
has started 53 straight games which is a testament to his durability and
toughness. This past season he played the last half of the year with a
bilateral sports hernia which was painful and limited his mobility but
still showed his toughness. He was invited to play in the Senior Bowl
this past January but had to turn it down to have the injury repaired.
He was unable to work out at the combine and is just now rounding into
playing shape. Not being able to play in the Senior Bowl hurt him in
eyes of some evaluators because they didnít get a chance to see him play
against top competition. But if the number of visits and private
workouts he has had in the last few weeks is any indication then his
stock is back on the rise.
Ijalana is a bit short for a tackle at 6-3 but he has extremely long
arms (36Ē) that enables him to play like a 6-5 guy. He has good bulk
(317 lbs) and plays with strength and power. He dominated against FCS
competition, making things look easy. He played in a spread offense and
from a 2- and 3-point stance. He has good snap reaction and in the run
game gets to his block with very good quickness. He is strong and
powerful and is consistently able to get movement or put his opponent on
the ground. He has drive in his legs and shows good sustain. He gets to
the second level easily and can adjust to his target. I like the nasty
attitude he plays with. In pass protection he sets quickly and has quick
hands and does a good job keeping his hands inside. He has a strong
punch and I have seen him jolt opponents. In the tape I saw from early
in the year he played with better bend than he did after his injury but
still in all games he had very good ability to anchor. He is athletic
with quick feet and good ability to slide and recover. He can get a
little lazy with his technique but it had no effect on his play versus
Overall this is a very talented player but still a bit raw. It would
have been nice to see him play at the Senior Bowl but still the talent
is obvious. Some people think he should move inside because of his
height but I donít agree. With his quickness and long arms he should
have no problem playing at tackle. He easily has the athleticism to play
left tackle. He will need some time and coaching but will be a starter
in short time. He is a very solid second-round pick who may slide to the
bottom part of the first. Some team is going to buy itself a good
Stefan Wisniewski was a three-year starter at Penn State.
When Wisniewski came out of high school there was no question he was
going to Penn State. His father started there as a defensive lineman and
later played for the Colts and his uncle was Steve Wisniewski, the
great former Raiders guard who was also a Penn State alum. With both his
dad and uncle being former NFL players you know he came from good
football bloodlines. As a true freshman he played as a backup and then
became a three-year starter. He played 2008 and 2010 at right guard and
2009 at center. He has been a very durable performer by not missing any
games because of injury the last three years.
He is not the smoothest athlete you will ever see but he is plenty good
enough and is very efficient. He has good size at 6-3 and 313 pounds
and his numbers in all the drills at the Combine compare very favorably
with Mike Pouncey. In the run game he has excellent initial quickness.
He is a strong and explosive run blocker and very technically sound.
Once he gets his hands on an opponent itís all over. He has excellent
sustain. With his power he gets movement and he doesnít stop until the
whistle blows. Penn State pulls their guards more than most teams and he
is a good space player and is consistent adjusting on the move. He is
very similar in the screen game, getting to his blocks on the perimeter
without a problem. In pass protection he gets out of his stance quickly
and gets his hands on his opponent almost instantly. He has a good punch
and locks on. He plays with good knee bend and keeps his back straight
and never gives ground to bull rushers. He has real good mirror ability
showing the agility to stay with opponents versus counter moves. He is
an alert player and does a good job picking up stunts and blitzes and
consistently looks to help out when free.
Overall, Wisniewski will be a starter early in his career. His
experience at both guard and center give him a lot of versatility. He
has good technique, plays the game with a passion and does not make
mistakes. Like Ijalana he has made plenty of visits and had numerous
private workouts. Iím hearing that he should be a sure second-round
pick. This is the type of player you want on your roster!