May 11, 2018
Leading up to Eagles rookie camp, we'll be comparing each of the Eagles' rookies to current NFL players. In case you missed the first four Eagles draft pick comps, you can find them below:
Today we'll attempt in vain to find a comparison for a 20 year old rugby player who is trying to become an offensive tackle in the NFL, and for whom there exists no football game film. Is this a pointless exercise? Unquestionably, but hey, we have to finish out this series, soooooo...
Anyway, I watched Mailata's rugby highlights again, and tried to envision some NFL offensive lineman doing the same, which was a futile exercise. Here's that video, in case you haven't seen it by now:
And then I wondered if I could maybe compare him to an offensive lineman who also lines up at fullback on occasion. Obviously, as you can see above, Mailata can run with the ball, and I'm sure he could figure out how to flatten defenders from the fullback position if he is able to make a team as a tackle. The player I came up with in regard was former Vikings OG Randall McDaniel, who did that regularly back in the day.
But obviously, to compare a 6-foot-8, 346-pound tackle with no experience playing football at all to a 6-foot-4, 287-pound Hall-of-Fame guard would be asinine.
So instead, I just tried to find an NFL offensive lineman who most closely matched Mailata's measurables. The closest match I could find? Former Eagle Stacy Andrews!
Remember him? He was the brother of Shawn Andrews, and the guy the Eagles signed the day Brian Dawkins left for Denver. The Eagles tried to hold a press conference for Andrews, while expecting the media not to ask about Dawkins, lol.
Anyway, here's how Mailata's known measuarables compare with Andrews' measurables:
|40 yard dash
|20 yard shuttle
I'm sorry for wasting your time.
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