In the 7th round of the draft yesterday, the defending champ Eagles traded up to take this rugby playing beast out of Australia. That was learned watching the YouTube highlights of Jordan Mailata, whom the Eagles drafted to play in the NFL with their seventh-round selection despite the small drawback that Mailata has never taken part in an organized game of football.
Running back, offensive line, defensive line and secondary are positions the Eagles will target.
In announcing the Eagles' second round pick, Akers unleashed the kind of promo that someone from WWE would stand up and applaud. "Walking away from something I know very well to do something foreign was a big risk". He was productive too, with 14.5 sacks in three seasons. He really impressed VP of player personnel Joe Douglas during East-West Shrine week with how he fought on every rep.
Sweat, 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds, was picked at No. 130. "Tonight, I'm representing the Philadelphia Eagles".
Pryor is a massive player at 6-foot-7, 332 pounds.
Maddox is going to get looks inside and outside at cornerback, where it won't be tough making use of his 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash. But they let Patrick Robinson, who locked down the slot for the Super Bowl champs, walk in free agency and needed an effective slot corner to groom in his place. It seems like here Akers was mostly responding to former Cowboy Drew Pearson (who epically trolled the draft crowd in Philly last year) talking down on him to Clark, but the energy definitely carried over onto the stage.More news: Chelsea suffer considerable team-news blow ahead of FA Cup final
Here's his overview on NFL.com: "Maddox is sure to get a glowing review from his coaching staff as he has been a model leader and worker during his time at Pitt".
"Of course I can catch, in rugby league we have to pass the ball, but I am enjoying my time at offensive tackle", he said.
Still, Goedert knew the Eagles were interested in him, after they met with him at the scouting combine, brought him to Philadelphia for a visit and attended his pro day workout. "Anything that they need me to do, I'll do it". Recently, in an article by Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo, they gave draft grades for all 32 teams, and on a scale of "Elite" to "Below Average", the Eagles received an overall grade of "Good". Wendell Smallwood fell out of favor last year and Donnel Pumphrey, the rookie fourth-round pick he Eagles traded ahead of the Cowboys to secure, didn't dress for a game last year. "It wasn't like I did anything yet", he said. "I wouldn't say frustrating". With so much work already done this offseason to shore up any holes, the draft will provide Roseman and crew with another opportunity to add some talent and keep the cupboard stocked full.
"All right, uh, here we go". We're always going to put priority on the lines.
"It's insane", Goedert said. "If you get hit a little bit on the legs, you can torque your body to stay upright". Being slowly introduced into the National Football League on a roster where he doesn't need to play more than 15 snaps per game as a rookie could prolong his career and help to keep the injury problems at bay.