Falcons sign UDFA Tyler Vrabel, Mike Vrabel’s son, out of Boston College

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The Falcons came away from last week’s draft with eight prospects and signed another two dozen undrafted free agents following the event. Every year, UDFAs make NFL rosters and produce cult followings among fans. It’s easy to root for these guys because they’re underdogs and usually come with inspiring or entertaining stories.

One UDFA the Falcons signed immediately grabbed my attention in Jared Bernhardt, a former quarterback who led Ferris St. to a DII National Championship, because of his lacrosse background.

Bernhardt was a star option quarterback in high school but turned down several DI scholarships to play lacrosse at Maryland. Considered by many to be one of the best players in program history, Bernhardt departed as the Terps’ career leader in both points and goals, was a member of the 2017 national championship team, was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award — given annually to college lacrosse’s best player, similar to the Heisman Trophy — and won the award after his 2021 campaign. He finished that season leading the nation in goals (71) and points (99) on his way to the NCAA Finals.

Another intriguing undrafted player is Mike Vrabel‘s son, Tyler. He obviously comes from a strong NFL lineage but came into his own during his time at Boston College. Vrabel was a starter all three years for the Golden Eagles and played exactly how his father used to — gritty and physical.

Vrabel isn’t the most athletic offensive lineman and has injury concerns, but he could become a decent NFL player if the Falcons are patient with his development. Atlanta might not be able to take it as slowly as Vrabel might need, but if they can, he can turn it into another wildly successful UDFA story.

The 6’6”, 315-pound tackle was rated a priority undrafted free agent by NFL network after being named All-ACC honorable mention for all three seasons at Boston College. The Falcons have a slew of exciting players that will be fighting for spots on the final 53-man roster.

Photographer: Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire



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