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The latest code-switcher to make headlines, Jordan Mailata was on the Rabbitohs' books, but has just been picked in the draft by the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. A big lad, at nearly 25 stone, but has never played American Football in his life. I wonder how he'll go?

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/jordan-mailata-philadelphia-eagles-draft-huge-australian-rugby-player-2018-4

 

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I read an interview with Michael Maguire on this lad a few weeks ago. Going from memory, he said his body shape wasn't quite right for RL, due to the constant back and forth for defence and attack. I think it was Maguire that recommended him try the NFL route, due to his explosive power and speed.

Found it:

https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5372945/maguire-backs-mailata-to-make-it-in-nfl/

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Ross Tucker (ex offensive line) and now a NFL podcast bloke says hes really really excited by him; pro bowl talent.

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I once asked Wikipedia to explain how the nfl draft works and after reading the section on compensatory drafts I opted for some slightly easier reading material such as einsteins theory of relativity,followed by quantum mechanics and transpolar mass distortion 

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