Although Mailata has never played American football, it's easy to see why the Eagles chose to take a chance on him: Not only is he built like a human wrecking ball (6-foot-8, 346 pounds), but he's also pretty athletic for someone his size.
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He will join the Eagles forward line under the guidance of offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who spotted him during the NFL's Pro-Day trials in March clocking a 40-yard dash time of 5.12 seconds and short shuttle in 4.67 seconds. He ran 5.12-second 40-yard dash at his pro day, which would have ranked him eighth among tackles at the National Football League scouting combine.
"I knew if I made the decision, I'd be all in", said Mailata, who looks dominant running with the ball and knocking tacklers over in highlight videos. Specifically, the rivalry between the Cowboys and Eagles on Draft weekend is boiling over, and we can't get enough of it.More news: Detroit Lions trade into fourth round for Da'Shawn Hand
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The Eagles didn't have a lot of draft capital to work with, but they didn't have a lot of holes they had to fill. They have one pick in the sixth round and another in the seventh. He has been training an IMG Academy in Florida after visiting the Eagles earlier in the month.
I don't know what to make of any of that, it terms of projecting him to offensive tackle.
Mailata, 20, previously played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of Australia's National Rugby League. "The fans here are very passionate and very outspoken here, and hopefully I can earn their respect".
This isn't the first time the Eagles have dipped into the game of rubgy for a player. Philadelphia moved ahead of the Cowboys in the second round to take South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert. He said his goal is to make the 53-man roster and play in a regular-season game within the next three years for the defending Super Bowl champions. The Eagles gave Indianapolis a second-round pick (No. 52) and fifth-round pick (No. 169) to get Goedert at No. 49.