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Aussie sensation Jordan Mailata continues to make waves in the NFL, with the 158kh offensive lineman named in a list of the top 10 underrated players in the league.
Mailata, who played lower-grade football for the South Sydney Rabbitohs before being selected in the 2018 NFL draft despite not playing a snap of gridiron, has made the crucial position of left tackle his own on a dominant Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.
So much so, the 25-year-old Aussie is now one of the top tackles in the league.
That point was not lost on one of the NFL's top analytics experts, Cynthia Frelund, who named Mailata at number 10 in her underrated players list.
Aussie Jordan Mailata has been named by an expert in the NFL's top 10 most underrated players
Using her somewhat complicated but insightful statistics, Frelund 'identified the 10 players we don't talk about enough based on their performance'.
Of particular interest to the top pundit was her 'win-share' stat, which essentially adds up all the positive on and off-ball plays, while subtracting the negative ones.
The giant Sydneysider earned high praise for what could be one of the NFL's most important statistics.
'Mailata has been one of the biggest win-share rocket ships in my whole 20-season sample,' Frelund wrote on NFL.com.
Jordan Mailata prepares for the snap in a Eagles preseason game. Despite never playing the sport before being drafted in 2018, he's now one of the best at his position in the NFL
He was fifth in the entire league for the stat amongst all the tackles - and he's only been playing for a few years since moving to the US from his humble beginnings in Bankstown, in Sydney's south-west.
Mailata was the number one in the league at stopping a defender who continues to try and penetrate the offensive line again after already being stopped - or in AFL terms, a one percenter/second effort.
To break it down in a nutshell, he is a beast.
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You won't see the affable, down-to-earth Aussie caught up in the hype, though.
'I think it [being praised] is nice, but like [Eagles offensive line