A Punter and a Beast
Two more Australians are on their way to the NFL after being selected on the third and final day of the draft.
After months of mock-drafts and comedically detailed quarterback analysis, the NFL draft finally took place in Dallas last weekend, and was headlined by the Cleveland Browns selecting Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield with the number one pick.
Apart from the fans in attendance (all dressed in team jerseys) ferociously booing commissioner Roger Goodell, the other highlight of this year’s draft was the two Australian selections, who were both picked on the third and final day. Michael Dickson and Jordan Mailata will be taking their talents to the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, and we can’t wait to see both of them star next season.
Michael Dickson - Seattle Seahawks, Pick 149
Dickson is coming off an award winning season for the Texas Longhorns, winning the Ray Guy Award for the best punter in all of college football last year, and becoming the second punter in history to win an MVP award in a college bowl game for his performance against Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
After missing the playoffs last season, the Seahawks are expected to throw Dickson into the mix early, and will be relying on the Aussie to match his successful 2017, where he averaged 47.4 yards per punt.
Jordan Mailata - Philadelphia Eagles, Pick 233
Jordan Mailata is a beast! The 6’8”, 156kg offensive tackle has never actually played a game of American football at any level, but has spent time playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Under 20s team in the NRL.
Mailata flew to the US a few months ago to try out in front of NFL scouts, and impressed many with his electric combination of speed and size, but it was the reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles who eventually gave the 21 year old his NFL chance.
Some pundits are already referring to him as “the rugby dude”, but we hope he soon becomes known as an “NFL dude” in a city that is enjoying a successful sporting year so far.
Eagles just drafted that Australian rugby dude, Jordan Mailata. He’s an impressive human specimen.
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) April 28, 2018
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