NFL DRAFT UPDATE
Former Boise State safety George Iloka was drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 167th overall pick. Iloka becomes the 5th highest Bronco defensive back drafted since 1975, and the 17th highest regardless of position.
Joining teammates Shea McClellin (Chicago), Doug Martin (Tampa Bay) and Tyrone Crawford (Dallas) in this class, Iloka's selection ties a school record for the most players taken in a single draft.
It's worth noting that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis - a defensive-minded guy - was the only head coach to attended Boise State's Pro Day back on March 22.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. on Bengals drafting Iloka:
"You rarely see a safety at 6-3 1/2, 223-pounds with his kind of range. He has long arms and a tremendous wingspan. I mean he had seven interceptions during his career. You're talking about a guy that has the skill set to play in the NFL at free safety - if his tackling improves, that was the issue. He missed tackles and didn't break down is space as well as you need to. But a very athletic safety with excellent range. You talk about the leadership ability to quarterback that deep patrol that you want. A good attitude, a good approach. He made a lot of impact plays during his career at Boise State. You're talking about a guy that runs in the (40-time) 4.5 to 4.6 range and plays fast as well. Marvin Lewis, a defensive guy, loves working with those young DBs. George Iloka has a lot of talent.
NFL Draft Profile
Projected Pick: Early 3rd-Early 4th Round
George Iloka’s measurables are off the charts. As ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. stated last week, he has first round qualities about him. His size, experience and knowledge for the game give him tremendous value. And while he proved he could play cover in college, some analyst are quick to point out he plays a little stiff.
Jay's Take: Iloka's combine 40-yard time of 4.66 seconds hurt him, likely bumping him from the 2nd round to the 3rd. Still, there is a lot to like about Iloka, who has unique size for being a safety.
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