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Eagles will host massive Australian rugby player on pre-draft visit

Ex-Australian rugby player Jordan Mailata is one of 30 2018 NFL Draft prospects scheduled to meet with the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official pre-draft visit, according to Gil Brandt.

Mailata is a massive man who is trying to convert to offensive tackle. The 20-year-old recently measured in at 6-8, 346 pounds during a pro day in Florida.

His arms measured a massive 35.5 inches. He was timed at 5.12 seconds in the 40-yard dash, which would have been good for seventh among tackle participants at the NFL Combine in February. He also excelled in the short shuttle with a time (4.67 seconds) that would have been among the top 10 at his position. Mailata put up 22 reps on the bench press.

Mailata likely projects as a very late Day 3 pick at best. He could be an interesting undrafted free agent signing to take a chance on. The fact that the Eagles are one of the teams hosting him on a visit could help their chances of landing him if he goes unpicked.

Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland could potentially view Mailata as a developmental project. Offensive tackle is a long-term need for the Eagles so it can’t hurt to take a shot on a guy with some unconventional potential.

We know the Eagles aren’t shy to sign former Rugby player. Last offseason they brought in former Canadian rugby player Adam Zaruba to play tight end. They re-signed Zaruba for this offseason as well.

Here’s an awesome video of Mailata destroying dudes in rugby. (I wouldn’t mind seeing THIS guy play tight end.)

And here’s an interview with Mailata.

Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits

OT Jordan Mailata

SMU WR Courtland Sutton - [Click here]

South Alabama DB Jeremy Reaves - [Click here]

Alabama S Ronnie Harrison - [Click here]

USC LB Uchenna Nwosu - [Click here]

Alabama LB Rashaan Evans - [Click here]

UCF CB Mike Hughes - [Click here]

Maryland LB Jermaine Carter - [Click here]

Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith - [Click here]

Iowa C James Daniels - [Click here]

Miami TE Chris Herndon - [Click here]

South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard - [Click here]

San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny - [Click here]

Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor - [Click here]

Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain - [Click here]

Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch - [Click here]

Stanford S Justin Reid - [Click here]

LSU RB Derrius Guice - [Click here]

LSU CB Donte Jackson - [Click here]

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