Eagles Draft Picks 2018: Grades and Analysis for Each Selection

Eagles Draft Picks 2018: Grades and Analysis for Each Selection

You can nearly see Akers just revel in all those boos.

But when one of those really cool moments pop up, they're usually really great.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to the 49th pick in the National Football League draft to select tight end Dallas Goedert.

Arguably the best came from Deadspin, who ran the headline: "Eagles use late Draft pick on very large rugby league man".

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. "I'm so lucky to have their blessing and this may not have happened without them backing me to do so".




Mailata won't be able to run over bigger players in equipment almost as easily as he did guys in those rugby leagues. The board fell perfectly for Roseman and the Eagles with quarterback Lamar Jackson still being available at pick No. 32. "He's 6'8" and 346 pounds and possesses pretty good athleticism from his experience in Australian rules football. This is the way the East Germans used to develop young athletes, by the way - "You vill be zee pole vaulter" - and we'll leave that comparison where it is. Miami took Mike Gesicki, of Penn State, with the 42nd overall pick.

The Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2018 NFL Draft as the defending Super Bowl champions.

Finding immediate starters in the draft is hard for a team that won the Super Bowl the previous year and returned 21 out of 22 starters.

The Former South Sydney Rabbitohs youngster was selected in the seventh round with the 233rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Philadelphia gave up a seventh-round pick in 2019 to move up from pick No. 253. "Little knowledge before I came in, but I can happily say now that I can understand concepts and a beginning to have a step in the right direction". Those knee issues raised concerns for teams, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, contributing to his slide.

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. Because rugby was his love, New England allowed him to take a leave of absence to play on the U.S. Rugby Sevens team that finished ninth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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