The NFL draft always comes with a healthy dose of fanfare, pomp and Hollywood-style storylines, and the 2018 edition was no different thanks to the Dallas Cowboys-baiting David Akers. 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.
Jay Ajayi, acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins midseason a year ago, will be expected to serve as Philadelphia's top back. Would the Eagles have still ended their weekend without drafting a safety had they been able to select in the third round, when six players who project as National Football League safeties flew off the board? But Goedert certainly qualifies as that type of player. He will team with Zach Ertz and give the Eagles a potent "Tiger" package.
The NFL press pack were interested in Russell Crowe's involvement in the Rabbitohs set up as co-owner and Mailata explained the background of the Rabbitohs name deriving from the rabbit sellers in Redfern in the early 1900s.
Maddox consistently ranked as Pitt's most productive cover man over the next three years. He is a twitchy athlete which is flawless for going against the likes of Cole Beasley and other quick wideouts that make their living on the inside. According to NFL.com, Mailata ran a 5.12 40-yard dash during the predraft process. He has experience at guard and tackle and the Eagles, who announced him as the latter, will likely experiment with him at both. "But getting Florida State pass rusher Josh Sweat in Round 4 might wind up being Roseman's best pick".
Sweat only missed three games and sat out a bowl game previous year to prepare for the draft. The 2018 season will be his fifth with Philadelphia.
He played primarily right tackle at TCU but can also bump inside to play guard.
Akers obviously has some bragging rights as the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, but his zinger about the players the Cowboys and every other team picking not even being born the last time the Cowboys won a championship? They made a decision to trade back with the Baltimore Ravens, from No. 32 to No. 52, and in the deal, they picked up a 2019 second-round pick from the Ravens.
Mailata spent time with coach Stoutland during his pro day.