Gigantic Austrailian rugby player Jordan Mailata is trying to become the next rugby star to make the transition to American football.
Last weekend, Mailata got the chance to perform in front of all 32 NFL teams as an offensive tackle at a recent pro day in Tampa Bay, Florida where a number of other top combine snubs and international players showed off their talents as well.
According to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Mailata has a team visit every day of this week with Chargers hosting the behemoth on Friday.
Another name to watch: Aussie Rugby player Jordan Mailata (6-8, 346) who's attempting conversion to football. Has visits lined up every day this week:— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 9, 2018
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Mailata measured a hair under 6-foot-8 and weighed in at a robust 346 pounds with 35.5-inch arms. In the forty-yard dash, he clocked in at a very respectable 5.12 which looks even more impressive after Orlando Brown’s disaster performance at the NFL combine. Tack on a 4.67-second short-shuttle with 22 reps on the bench press and you have yourself an EXTREMELY interesting prospect.
Oh, he’s also just 20-years old.
Mailata has been at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida working on his game with Aden Durde, the man who was also behind Moritz Bohringer’s rise to popularity prior to the draft in 2016.