• Australian Jordan Mailata has made a big impression on NFL scouts with his size and running ability. (AAP)Source: AAP
Former AFL prospect Michael Dickson was the first punter selected in the NFL Draft while Jordan Mailata was picked by the Super Bowl champions.
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30 Apr 2018 - 12:29 PM  UPDATED 30 Apr 2018 - 12:33 PM

Former Sydney Swans prospect Michael Dickson has been selected by the Seattle Seahawks, with the 149th pick in the NFL Draft, while fellow Sydneysider Jordan Mailata went in the seventh round.

The 21-year-old Dickson decided to try his luck at American football three years ago, received a scholarship at the University of Texas and quickly became one of US college football's top punters.

His selection in the fifth round is a stunning result as teams are traditionally reluctant to use their draft picks on punters.

NFL scouts and analysts rated the 191cm tall Dickson as the best punter in the draft class.

Dickson proved his supremacy in December when he won the Ray Guy Award, the top accolade for punters in college football.

As a teenager his athleticism and big, accurate kick had been identified by AFL teams and he became a member of the Sydney Swans Academy.

Mailata, Australia's other top hope in the NFL Draft, was taken with pick 233 by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Mailata appeared headed for an NRL career after playing junior rugby league for South Sydney but will now focus on learning a new game.

"I was considered one of the biggest rugby league players," the 21-year-old told NFL Draft Live after his selection

The 207cm, 155kg Mailata has no American football experience but his size and ability to run 35 metres in five seconds attracted the attention from numerous teams.

"I started training for the last four months to try and pick up the game of football," he said.

"I am far behind but it is a challenge and it is something I knew I had to take on."

While the Eagles coaching staff believe Mailata can make it in the NFL as an offensive tackle, it was suggested he also had the skills to play as a tight end.

"Of course I can catch, in rugby league we have to pass the ball, but I am enjoying my time at offensive tackle," he said.

Mailata's next step is to make Philadelphia's final 53-man roster.