November 26, 2010; Reno, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos safety George Iloka (8) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first quarter at Mackay Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

If Chargers Can’t Get Barron Or Smith, Should We Draft George Iloka?

Iloka, NO U CRAZY!

We can’t always get what we want and we might not get a safety like Mark Barron or Harrison Smith, so we better look at some other possible options. Let’s look at the kid out of Boise State, George Iloka.

Here is his scouting report from Pro Football Weekly:


Intriguing size and length — has a lean, athletic frame with extremely long arms and room for increased bulk. Shows athletic movement skills and linear fluidity. Agile for his size. Plays fast (good closing speed). Covers a lot of ground. Can shadow tight ends and has good leaping ability and long levers to play the ball. Swoops downhill in a hurry and can run the alley. Clocked the fastest short shuttle time (4.03 seconds) among safeties at the Combine. Smart, competitive and durable.


High-cut. Showed hip stiffness at the Combine. Does not transition smoothly and yields separation when manned up vs. quicker receivers. Inconsistent one-on-one tackler in space — struggles to sink his weight and break down, leaves his feet/dives to tackle and misses too many. Average instincts and anticipation. Poor ball production — very few splash plays. Does not play with abandon, and physicality leaves something to be desired.


Narrow-framed, exceptionally long, rangy free safety prospect with growth potential and intriguing upside given his combination of rare size and starter-caliber athletic ability. However, missed tackles repeatedly show on tape, has not proven to be a playmaker and might be more of a deterrent in the pros, especially given the proliferation of athletic tight ends.

I know that Booga thinks that this kid is a star in the making. He is an ATHLETE!

He also is a free safety and we need a strong safety. Eric Weddle is able to play the strong safety spot if we do decide to bring Iloka in though. They would be able to cover a lot of the field in the passing game, but do we want someone (another one) that can’t make tackles as our safety?

This is a passing league now and having another person in the secondary that can cover is intriguing. He has pretty good size to cover tight ends AND you know how bad we are at covering tight ends.

I am torn on this guy. I love the athleticism and love that he would be able to help in passing coverage, but we have seen too many players that suck at tackling and it is one of the most frustrating things to see. Oh heck, bring him in if we are not able to get one of the top 2 safeties.

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  • chargerjroc

    @chargersbuzztap no we should get bpa. We need impact

  • biggsybolt

    Ernie, from the scouting report, he sounds like a project type player.Personally I’m not interested in picking up another non-tacklig DB, still very bitter with the man-whore, HOE-martie and letting Shonn Green score!

    • RussellGrant

       @biggsybolt Oh be nice to Baby Daddy!  He’s trying to populate the world all on his own.
      If you can talk this guy into making hits, then yeah bring him in.  He might get a chip on his shoulder if he falls to far down the board.

      • biggsybolt

        @RussellGrant after my wife spayed his dog Diamond in 2007 and got him to autograph my 2007 AFC west champions hat, she relayed to me what a womanizing douche she thought he was. And I’m thinking it wasn’t just to dog that needed to be fixed!

  • SandyPeisner

    Good 3rd 4th round pick up. like his size

    • BoogaP

       Whats gd Sandy?  He won’t be there in the 4th but decent chance that he’ll be there in the 3rd.  Decent but not good. 
      I’ll admit that being a gd tackler has to start at a young age. I was really, really undersized but was taught at a very young age (very young) the proper technique and head placement etc. I had my share of “WOOO hits”…..On tackles I made and runs where I got CRUSHED!!  Jason Babin cracked my hip my sophomore year of highschool on a kick return. I was unconscious he hit me so hard!  Fumbled the damn rock too but the refs blew the call and said my knee was down. 
      Sorry, anyway, we’ve got a lot of other guys in our defense that are sure tacklers.  Weddle, although not the biggest or fastest, is a great tackler.  Spikes, Butler, Jammer, etc. are all great tacklers. Mouton will be a tackling machine, imo!!!!! So stoked to see what he can do. I totally understand people’s concern with his lack of tackling ability.  The guy is pretty smart achieving a 3.0 as a communications major and I think  getting surrounded by our guys he would inately get better at tackling.  Again, tough to “learn” to tackle this late in “football yrs” but I think it isn’t out of the realm of possibilty. 
      What you can’t teach is size and speed.  He’s not a total blazer but he can move.  I think it’s up to John Pagano to put him in the right places to utilize his skills and make plays.
      Damn, that’s like an article comment! lol BoltUp

      • biggsybolt

        @BoogaP what do you think of Stuckey? I see the position going between him and Atri 5600. I thought Stuckey would take the position last year but we brought in Sanders. Stuckey ran a 4.59 in the ’10 combine and has show he can lay the wood on special teams.

        • BoogaP

           @biggsybolt  @BoogaP
           I like Stuckey, a lot actually. But I like him as a special teams stud for now.  I would love for him to “be the guy” and come out killin the position.  I know about his injuries and lack of time on the field. 
          My gut tells me that Turner saying on multiple occassions that Stuckey will compete for the starting job was a smokescreen to mask their knowing they are going to draft one early. BUUUUUTTT, we’ll know soon enough! 6 days and counting!  Goin insane!!!

  • SandyPeisner

    I agree. we need players with chips

  • SandyPeisner

    I’m with you on this. Good upside. Size to cover tight ends. We have been killed by opposing tight ends. I think hes a player

  • ThomasBell

    The Chargers will draft S Tavon Wilson if they can’t get Barron or Smith.

  • chargerrocket

    I think Iloka is a big risk. Besides his tackling problems, he has a soft temperament and few interceptions in his 4 yrs. I rather have Weddle at FS and give Stuckey a chance to prove himself at SS. Maybe we can draft Antonio Allen or Cyhl Quarles in the later rounds…projects who can produce on special teams.

  • epadaon

    i think i have convinced myself that we will trade up to pick Mark Barron. try to keep our second rounder with that trade and then hope to select shea or curry in the second round .

  • DarylPeek

    I’d like to see AJ go after Brandon Hardin if we can’t get Barron or Smith. Hardin is big at 6’3″ had 24 reps and ran a 4.38, 40. This kid also played CB too.

  • MikeTuck

     @epadaon Ernie check out a piece in the news Green Bay. Midwestern st U Guard  (Aminiasi Silatolu) is being compaired to Larry Allen as a Division 2 Pro Bound Guard that will be great. The guys stats are impressive to say the least. You know Smith and this is his type of guy and there’s talk of him going in the 2nd. Smith would be the one to trade down and grab himself a Lineman from a Division 2 school and Harrison or best available defender and get an extra late round too. I don’t know but after reading about this guy he sounds like a great gamble.I hope you find the piece ” NFL experts praise Silatolu as future star”

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  • wulffman68

    If we can get a dominant pass rush going, that would help the secondary. Our secondary isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. Anyone would look like an all pro with the time opposing QB’s had last year.

    • epadaon

       @wulffman68 so true… need to be able to put some QBs on their tail!