Eagles LT Jordan Mailata is Trying to Break The Mold
Eagles Prospect OL Jordan Mailata
The Philadelphia Eagles invested a first-round pick at the 2019 NFL Draft in Washington State’s Andre Dillard. The 6’5, 315-pound, senior was a top prospect in this year’s offensive line draft class. The Eagles selected him 22nd overall in a pro-active move to replace current starting left tackle, Jason Peters, once he retires. The Eagles are one of the few teams in the NFL that draft for the future and often don’t rush their young talent into starting roles. They are also known to invest in project players, like Jordan Mailata.
Jordan Mailata has a fantastic story, and as you can see from the video above, is an exciting prospect in terms of raw talent. Mailata is a former professional rugby player, and an Australian native of Samoan heritage, Jordan Mailata (pronounced my-LOT-uh) was initially selected by Philadelphia in the 7th round (233rd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, despite having no prior football experience. In 2017, Mailata, who was a front-rower for the National Rugby League’s South Sydney Rabbitohs, entered the NFL’s International Pathway program and also trained at IMG Academy in Florida.
Mailata stands tall at 6’8 and weighs 346-pounds. He ran a 40-yard dash time of 5.12 seconds. He is currently listed as an offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles roster and is one of the youngest players on the team. From Insport Sportswear to NFL Jersey’s and sideline caps, Jordan is hoping to make the switch from Rugby to the NFL a permanent move. Even though Mailata was drafted and is currently on the Eagles roster, he will have an uphill battle to keep his roster spot. Clearly, the Eagles understand what their dealing with and will ease him along slowly, but from a personal standpoint, I think as long as he makes strides with learning the game and understanding his position, Mailata could be a sneaky asset for the Eagles in the down the road. He will be one of the players I curious to see throughout Eagles Training camp
Eagles Training Camp
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that Training Camp for the 2019 season, presented by Independence Blue Cross, will officially begin when players report on Wednesday, July 24. The first full-team practice will take place on Thursday, July 25, at the NovaCare Complex.