"I think that just plays in my favor, having the ability to do both pretty well," Ilaoa explained during a recent Scout Radio interview. "It puts defenders in kind of a limbo type of situation."
|Nate Ilaoa arrives at minicamp (AP Photo)|
"I had been talking to one of the scouts from the Steelers for a while and I thought they would have been a good fit as well," he said. "And the Giants, too, because they're more of a power-running football team."
Many draft experts figured that "Nasti Nate" would play fullback at the pro level. While he's not fully sure yet about what his role will be this year, the Eagles don't have Ilaoa on the roster as a fullback.
"They have me at tailback, maybe a short-yardage type situation,"
he said. "They haven't basically come out and told me, but you know, that's
the whole point of these camps.
"It's not the fact that you can play football anymore because everybody at this level can play. It's just a matter of if you can fit into their system."
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