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2012 Who Ya Gonna Draft? – George Iloka

PJD is on vacation, STILL. During this time, we’ve decided we’ll take a quick look at potential Minnesota Vikings draft picks for the second or later rounds. With so many needs and so many draft picks to get this team back to a place where we can at least pretend they are respectable, we’ll have plenty of ground to cover. Let us know what you think of each prospect in the comments, and whether or not they’d be a good fit or impact player, and of course if you can think of a funny nickname for them.

Today, we look at Boise State safety George Iloka, who I actually hope we don’t draft because typing that name breaks my brain.

From ESPN draft analysis, which I promise is the last time we’ll do this now:

Overall Football Traits

Production 2 2008: (13/5) 6264 2009: (14/14) 4851 2010: (13/13) – 6352
Height-Weight-Speed 2 Possesses above-average height and bulk and appears to have along with average top-end speed for the position.
Durability 3 “Battled through nagging injuries throughout the 2009 season which included turf toe, a foot and ankle injury. However, has not missed a game throughout his first three seasons of his career (2008-’10).”
Intangibles 2 Accountable and handles business both on and off the field. Graduated high school to enroll in the program early.

1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Safety Specific Traits

Instincts/Recognition 2 Possesses above-average diagnostic skills. Does a nice job of playing with discipline and maintaining strong position when aligned in zone coverage. Reads QB eyes well and flashes good route-recognition and anticipation to get a quick break on the ball. Displays ability to deliver a violent hit and will bring a physical presence down the middle of the field.
Cover Skills 3 “An above-average athlete with quick feet. However, appears to be a bit high-cut and can struggle when having to make a sudden change-of-direction or 180 degree turn. At his best when breaking forward to make play on the ball. Has long strides and can cover a fair amount of pasture when aligned as a center fielder. Will have limitations if locked up in man coverage with quicker slot WR at the next level.”
Ball Skills 3 “Adequate in this area but not a big playmaker. Generally takes sound angles to the point and he is aggressive attacking the ball. Has long arms to separate the ball from the receiver. Hands are solid and can come down with routine INT. However, lacks elite body control to make acrobatic catch. Appears to have the size and leaping ability to hold up in one-on-one jump ball situations. “
Run Support 3 Makes a quick diagnosis in this area. Fills down-hill with good determination. Has good strength and does a nice job of using hands to disengage from blocks. Needs to be more consistent with angles and can come in too hot at times. Also will leave feet on occasion which can lead to a missed tackle.

1 = Exceptional2 = Above average3 = Average4 = Below average5 = Marginal

Another safety project, PJD? Why yes, because our safeties are … just … god, they are bad. How awesome would it be to have an Ed Reed back at safety? I mean, think of it … An equivalent Purple Jesus playing safety. Every time a pass was thrown, your butthole would tighten up because you just never know what this safety of the Vikings is going to do. Will he decapitated someone? Intercept the pass for a pick-6? Make a leaping deflection?! THIS IMAGINARY PLAYER IS SO AWESOME! I say imaginary because over the past few weeks we have established that our safety-cupboard is as bare as Kate Upton’s bikini line, and also because I doubt that George Iloka is going to be the answer to our problems. When we look at the defense we are trying to run with Big Leslie in charge, we need a safety that can cover lots of range, make plays on the ball, and not be out of position. While there’s nothing in Iloka’s (which is a fun name to write, the more and more you try it) draft analysis that would suggest he perhaps CAN’T do any of these things, there also isn’t a ton of promise there, either. And when you have a team like the Vikings that has a ton of these guys already, why waste a draft pick on another one? Particularly one that would have to be used to snag the 63rd best player on the board, or, roughly, your early 3rd round pick.

Instead of that, let’s just put Winfield’s broken neck back there and call it a day. Can’t be much worse, right?

What say you? And yes, we’ll be back with actual real content on Monday. Until then, thanks for visiting and hanging tough with us. Appreciate it!