Philadelphia Eagles: Grading the 2018 rookie class performances
By Alex DeMarzo
G-T Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor has yet to play a snap in the NFL. The Eagles were using this past season for Pryor to develop his skills on the offensive line. Though, he did get some playing time during the preseason where he allowed 10 pressures and two sacks in 103-pass blocking snaps. His projected role for 2019 would be a backup to Chance Warmack.
T Jordan Mailata
Probably the most intriguing pick of the 2018 draft was the Eagles selection of the Australian rugby star Jordan Mailata. At 6-foot 8-inches and 346 pounds the sheer size of Mailata excited the Eagles and they believed he had the potential to be a star in the NFL.
The former rugby star never played football until a year ago. The 2018 season was used for Mailata to learn the ropes. During the preseason, Mailata allowed six pressures and one sack in 84 pass blocking snaps. Toward the tail end of the season, Mailata was placed on injured reserve after suffering from back issues. However, he is expected to ready for camp this summer.
With the Jason Peters’ career soon coming to a close the Eagles hope he can take the reins at left tackle. The most realistic prediction for Mailata in 2019 would be to split the backup tackle role with Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
The 2018 Eagles rookie class overall grade.
Overall, the 2018 rookie class performed well and exceeded expectations. There is an extreme amount of potential surrounding several players. You can expect to see a lot more from them in 2019 and beyond. The future looks bright for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Overall Grade: B