Jordan Mailata

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Prospect Info

College
- -
Hometown
Class
Sydney, AU
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Height
Weight
Arms
6' 8"
346 lbs
35 1/2”
Hands
10 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Philadelphia
Eagles
Round 7 ‧ Pick 15
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Mailata was a professional rugby player in Sydney, Australia before coming to the United States in January of this year to try his hand at American football. The 20-year-old Samoan has been training hard to learn how to use his massive but athletic frame (6-foot-8, 345 pounds) as an offensive lineman. His work at IMG Academy in Florida paid off with an excellent pro day (5.12 40-yard-dash, 4.67 short shuttle, 22 bench press reps) attended by all 32 teams, as well as several team visits.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Former Australian Rugby player who is starting from scratch in his attempt to transition from rugby to football. Mailata has never played a down of American football so attempting to learn the tackle position and perform it at the highest level makes this an extremely daunting challenge. What Mailata does have is rare size and physical gifts with the movement skills that give him a chance at a very challenging position. His pro day numbers were outstanding (40: 5.12 seconds; VJ: 28 inches; BJ: 8-10; short shuttle: 4.67 seconds; 3-cone: 8.03 seconds; bench: 22 lifts). Mailata has a good chance of being drafted as a long-shot ticket that an NFL team hopes they will be able to cash in a few years down the line.
Strengths
  • Tremendous size with frame that carries weight well
  • Has good musculation and thickness in lower body
  • Has very good physical traits and athletic traits
  • Carries above average arm length (35.5 inches) and hand size (11 inches) for tackles
  • Played in sport that required change of direction and lateral movement
  • Showed off surprising aptitude to slide in mirror during pass protection drills at pro day
  • Rugby tape shows violent punch in stiff-arm that could translate as pass-punch in pros
Weaknesses
  • Has never played a single down of American football
  • Will require an extensive period of development to learn technique and to improve
  • Was the attacker in rugby and will have to learn to play from defensive posture
  • Has some hip tightness in his movements
Sources Tell Us

"Big dude, athletic. Someone will draft him late and he's a project, but very much a freak athlete for his size." -- NFC executive

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league