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A Player Taken In The 2018 NFL Draft Hasn't Played Football Before

Roger Goodell at the NFL Draft.

There were 256 players taken in the 2018 NFL Draft this weekend. Not all of them have actually played football before.

Well, one hasn't. He was drafted by the reigning Super Bowl champions, too.

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jordan Mailata, a rugby player hoping to make it as an offensive lineman in the NFL, with the 233rd pick in the seventh round. Philly traded up 17 spots to take him.

Mailata certainly has the size to make it as an NFL player. He's 6 foot 8 and weighs 346 pounds.

And he moves like this:

OK, we can see what the Eagles were thinking with their pick. He's massive and ridiculously athletic.

Philadelphia is planning on starting him with the offensive line, though his future playing position isn't 100 percent decided.

“Right now, he’s going to be in Stout’s room,’’ Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas said of offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland per Philly.com. “His size, his measurables, they’re pretty rare. Just to see the excitement that not only Stout but also [assistant offensive line coach] Eugene [Chung] had about Jordan, it was palpable.’’

Mailata is only 20 years old. He has plenty of time to learn. The question, of course, is if the Eagles - or another NFL team - gives him enough of it.