Does Driscoll have an edge on Mailata at Philadelphia Eagles camp?
As Philadelphia Eagles fans, we’ve heard of project quarterbacks. We’ve even seen teams draft former top-tier draft prospects that were injured with the idea of giving them what equates to the pro version of a redshirt. What we haven’t seen as often is project tight ends and offensive tackles, yet here we are. Over the course of two offseasons, the ‘Birds’ came up with an idea. Why not find some rugby guys and try to make NFL stars out of them?
The first attempt came in the form of a former rugby sevens player, Adam Zaruba, who Philly signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2017 NFL Draft. the goal was to turn him into a tight end. To make long stories short, it didn’t work. Currently, his CFL rights belong to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Zaruba experiment was still underway when, one year later, the ‘Birds’ actually used a draft pick on a rugby guy. With the 233rd-overall selection of 2018’s draft, they went with Jordan Mailata, a six-foot-eight and 346-pound star from the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Technically, the jury is still out on that one, but though no one will say this publicly, there’s a vibe that some of the media and a few fans are growing tired with the experiment, especially now that there’s a new kid in town
Jack Driscoll is turning heads, and there’s a strong chance that he’ll push for a roster spot. Here are three reasons why he should beat out Mailata and make the team.