So in two consecutive picks, the Bengals land a WR from the Chad Ochocinco trade, and a S from the Keith Rivers trade. George Iloka from Boise St. is a ball-hawk, pure and simple. The Bengals have a lot of young guys competing for the starting safety role this season next to Reggie Nelson, and Iloka will be part of that competition. Let’s take a look at the newest Bengal.
6’4″, 225 lbs.
4.66 40 yard dash, 34 1/2″ arms, 9 5/8″ hands, 20 bench press reps
He has great size for a safety at 6’4″, 225 lbs. If he can get in position, he is capable of taking the ball away from just about any WR. Not only is he a ball-hawk, but he is a very productive tackler as well. He compiled 174 tackles, 7 interceptions, and a sack since his Freshman year. Can contribute right away on special teams.
He will more than likely be another ‘project’ safety for the Bengals. Since they have two other ‘projects’ at safefy (Taylor Mays, and Robert Sands) the coaching staff will have to take a very serious look at these players to decide who is the most ready to be an opening day starter.