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Australian NRL player turned NFL star for the Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Mailata gets HUGE accolade

Aussie sensation Jordan Mailata continues to cause a stir in the NFL, with the 158kh offensive lineman named in a list of the top 10 underrated players in the league.

Mailata, who played subpar football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before being selected in the 2018 NFL draft despite not playing a piece of cake, has made the left-wing tackle’s crucial position his own on a dominant Philadelphia offensive line eagles.

So much so, the 25-year-old Aussie is now one of the best tackles in the league.

That point was not lost on one of the NFL’s top analysis experts, Cynthia Frelund, who named Mailata at number 10 in her underrated player list.

Aussie Jordan Mailata Has Been Named by an Expert in the NFL's Top 10 Most Underrated Players

Aussie Jordan Mailata Has Been Named by an Expert in the NFL’s Top 10 Most Underrated Players

Using her somewhat complicated but insightful stats, Frelund identified “the 10 players we don’t talk about enough based on their performance.”

Of particular interest to the top expert was her “win-share” stat, which essentially adds up all the positive plays on and off the ball, while subtracting the negative.

The giant Sydneysider has been garnered a lot of credit for what could be one of the NFL’s most important stats.

“Mailata was one of the biggest win-share missile ships in my entire 20-season monster,” Frelund wrote on NFL.com.

Jordan Mailata prepares for the snap in an Eagles preseason game.  Despite never playing the sport before being drafted in 2018, he is now one of the best at his position in the NFL

Jordan Mailata prepares for the snap in an Eagles preseason game.  Despite never playing the sport before being drafted in 2018, he is now one of the best at his position in the NFL

Jordan Mailata prepares for the snap in an Eagles preseason game. Despite never playing the sport before being drafted in 2018, he is now one of the best at his position in the NFL

He was fifth in all competition for tackles stat – and he’s only been playing for a few years since moving to the US from his humble beginnings in Bankstown, southwest Sydney.

Mailata was number one in the league at stopping a defender who keeps trying to break through the offensive line again after he’s already stopped – or in AFL terms, a one percent per second attempt.

In short, he is a beast.

You won’t see the affable, down-to-earth Aussie overtaken by the hype, though.

‘I think so [being praised] nice but like [Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland] said, it’s poison,’ he told Philly Stem.

“I take it with a grain of salt. People won’t respect me, so I have to prove it every day. I have to earn it every day.’

The prominent Philadelphia news site even noted that Mailata hadn’t even had a bad reputation at training camp – though the 203cm giant insists he’s still focused on making “daily deposits.”

Jordan Mailata takes the field at Eagles training camp on July 30

Jordan Mailata takes the field at Eagles training camp on July 30

Jordan Mailata takes the field at Eagles training camp on July 30

He suffered a minor concussion during training camp, but thankfully made a full recovery and competed towards the end of camp — and is expected to play a few downs in the Eagles’ preseason games.

The big man is tasked with protecting thrilling dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurt’s blindside this season, and the Eagles have a huge shot at taking the NFC East title from an inconsistent Dallas Cowboys unit.

Mailata is not just a talented footballer – his singing voice is so good that he opened for RnB sensation Ne-Yo and performed in The Masked Singer.

And he’s not the only Aussie to get applause for his development this preseason.

Fellow big man Daniel Faalele, drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in May, was picked at training camp as one of the team’s top improvers.

Aussie Daniel Faalele was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the May NFL draft

Aussie Daniel Faalele was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the May NFL draft

Aussie Daniel Faalele was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the May NFL draft

The right tackle is the greatest player in the NFL and has attracted attention for his work at the Ravens training camp.

The right tackle is the greatest player in the NFL and has attracted attention for his work at the Ravens training camp.

The right tackle is the greatest player in the NFL and has attracted attention for his work at the Ravens training camp.

The 203cm, 172kg right tackle is the biggest player in the NFL and was picked up as a project for the Ravens after a solid college career for the University of Minnesota.

The 22-year-old from Melbourne wasn’t expected to play many games this season – if any – but his work at the training camp turned some heads.

“He (Faalele) still has a long way to go, but he has already shown improved fitness and technique,” The Athletics Jeff Zrebiec wrote.

“Obviously he’s been working hard to get himself in shape in the run-up to training camp, and he’s endured a sweltering week of training.”

Ravens coach John Harbaugh also had high praise for his rookie.

‘He is very coachable, he corrects himself very quickly, he applies the coaching quickly. So it is daily progress and he is making good progress. It is a pleasure to have him here,” he said at a press conference during the training camp.

The Ravens kick off their season in New York against the Jets on September 12 (AEST), while the Eagles play against the Lions at the same time.

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