Philadelphia Eagles draft rugby player Jordan Mailata | Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Akers was at the draft in Dallas to announce Philadelphia's second-round pick, but before he did that, he needed to make sure Cowboys fans were aware of everything the Eagles accomplished last season. But before Akers revealed South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert as the Eagles' selection, the onetime Tates Creek High School standout had a message for fans of the Cowboys, Philadelphia's NFC East rival which is hosting the draft at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

The Eagles already have one of the top tight ends in the league in Zach Ertz, who caught what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in Philadelphia's Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots last February in Minneapolis.

NRL prodigy Jordan Mailata has been selected in the seventh round of the National Football League draft by defending champions Philadelphia Eagles today. But who could have predicted the upstart Philadelphia Eagles would be matched up against them-and ultimately win? He had seven sacks along with eight interceptions over the past three years.

When Pitt's Avonte Maddox went to the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.39 40, and started a journey from smallish college cornerback to NFL draft pick. "When I heard it, I kept replaying it".

After trading out of the first round Thursday night, the Super Bowl champions gave Indianapolis a second-round pick (No. 52) and fifth-round pick (No. 169) to get Goedert at No. 49.

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Mailata follows in the footsteps of Jarryd Hayne, who also traded in a professional rugby career in Australia for a shot at the NFL. But by keeping his name Dallas, he already serves as a perpetual reminder of the Eagles' greatest off-field victory over the Cowboys.

Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, made the announcement Saturday.

The fact that the Eagles moved up to get a big time prospect coupled with this epic announcement makes this whole situation even sweeter.

Mailata has never played American football before, but the Eagles are taking a chance on him. The Eagles had given up their second-round pick to the Browns to get Carson Wentz two years ago and traded away their third-rounder to Buffalo, giving them just two picks in the first three rounds. But after that, given how few picks the Eagles had, placing need too far ahead of the best-available talent could have really created a mess. A year ago the Eagles ran a lot of two-tight end sets with Celek on blocking downs and Burton on passing downs. They have one pick in the sixth round and another in the seventh.