Philadelphia Eagles whose stock is soaring ahead of Week 7 versus Raiders

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Jordan Mailata #68, Philadelphia Eagles
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Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata

Nothing says ‘high value’ like a sixth-round draft choice that overcomes the challenges of playing a game that he’s never played before to play the said game at its highest level. Jordan Mailata was drafted 233rd-overall in Round 7 of the 2018 NFL Draft AFTER the Eagles took Matt Pryor 27 spots ahead of the Australian.

Heading into the 2021 NFL season, and after overcoming season-ending injuries that ended his run in both 2018 and 2019, Mailata was in a battle with Andre Dillard, the 22nd-overall selection in 2019’s selection meeting for the job as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting left tackle.

Mailata beat Dillard out, and on September 11th, he signed a four-year, $64 million extension. $40.85 million of that is guaranteed. Do we really need to explain to you why Mailata’s stock is on the rise?

Put another feather in the cap of Philly’s amazing offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland. He has his fingerprints all over this one.

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When the Eagles allowed Halapoulivaati Vaitai to walk, they lost a very capable offensive tackle that can play on both sides of the line, and though it may seem like it should be, that isn’t easy to find in the NFL. They seem to have found that again with the emergence of Mailata. He’s started on both sides of the line and has done an exceptional job of doing so.

His value seemingly grows by the day. Not a bad job at all by a guy that didn’t even play the game of American Football prior to three years ago. Grade: A-