And cut Lansanah in the process.
@RichCimini: Jets claim former Colts OT Ben Ijalana, per source.
Round 2, Pick 49
Conference: Colonial Athletic
40 Time: 5.32
Biography: Four-year starter awarded all-Conference honors since his sophomore season and named an All-American last year.
Positives: "Large, powerful college left tackle that projects to the right side in the NFL. Big bodied lineman with the size and strength to swallow or engulf defenders at the point of attack. Extends his hands, keeps his feet moving, and is patient in pass protection. Keeps his head on a swivel, shows good awareness, and easily controls opponents at the point of attack. Blocks with a wide base, uses his entire frame, and is effective when he bends his knees. Gets movement in run blocking and easily turns defenders from the action."
Negatives: "Lacks agility, struggles to adjust, and ineffective in motion. Lumbers about the field and does not display top footwork sliding out at left tackle. Exploited by speedy rushers. Struggled in the pre-draft process recovering from sports hernia surgery."
Analysis: "Ijalana been productive throughout his college career and possesses enough size and strength to be used at right tackle or guard in the NFL. He improved his game as a senior when he was more diligent with his mechanics, and he will be productive in the NFL if he does the little things well on a consistent basis."
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Nice prospect, high draft pick with talent. Injuries have been his problem. Worth a cheap flier to see if he is healthy and can become a quality swing-backup.
New #Jets OL Ben Ijalana was given a top-15 OT grade in preseason per @PFF, out of 157 qualifiers. 49th overall pick in 2011 NFL draft.
Bill Polian showed how little he thinks of his current offensive line, addressing the line with his first two picks. Anthony Castonzo and Ijalana are two smart, versatile pass protectors with outstanding work habits. Ijalana was a four-year starter who brings much more size to an underpowered Colts offensive line and could help improve the 29th-ranked running game. Ryan Diem is coming off a down year and has begun to show his age. Ijalana could begin his career at guard and be groomed to kick outside to replace Diem.
Don't understand the pickup. This kid is an OG who's maybe Ducasse with more upside.
the hell you guys, this is smart pick up. In a landslide. We certainly have the room to shelter Ben for a season to see if he can pull his health together...
Ben Ijalana - G - Jets
Jets claimed OL Ben Ijalana off waivers from the Colts.
The 49th pick in the 2011 draft, Ijalana spent much of his first two NFL seasons on injured reserve. Pro Football Focus did grade Ijalana as a top-15 tackle during the 2013 preseason, excelling as both a run and pass blocker and playing left tackle. Ijalana can also play guard. He's worth a shot.
IR means out for the year... no?
The 6’4″ 317-pound Ijalana was a second round pick in 2011, but tore his ACL after playing just 37 snaps in his first appearance as a rookie. Then, in 2012, he tore his ACL again. He did get back to full health again and played left tackle for the Colts in preseason (where he received a +4.2 grade from PFF and did not surrender a sack in 67 snaps).
Stay tuned to TJB for the BGA scouting reports for Ijalana, Scott Solomon and Alex Green over the next day or so.
Good. Sounds like he is immediately our #3 Tackle behind Brick and Howard.