Canadian DL Lwal Uguak receives invitation to rookie minicamp with New York Giants

Photo courtesy: TCU Athletics

Canadian defensive lineman Lwal Uguak has received an invitation to attend rookie minicamp with the New York Giants after going unselected in the NFL draft, per sources.

The six-foot-four, 261-pound defender recorded a 4.96-second forty-yard dash at TCU’s pro day along with a 29-inch vertical, nine-foot, eight-inch broad jump, and 18 reps on the bench. He also clocked a 7.52-second three-cone and a 4.65-second short shuttle.

The Edmonton native played at the University of Connecticut from 2018 to 2021 where he recorded 69 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, four sacks, four knockdowns, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery over 34 career games with the Huskies. The team did not play in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Uguak transferred to TCU in 2022 looking to play on a larger stage. He dressed for 14 games in a rotational role with the Horned Frogs as they reached the National Championship Game against Georgia. He made nine total tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.

The 23-year-old placed eighth on the CFL’s most recent scouting bureau rankings, though he could easily be selected higher than that in the upcoming draft. He was a top-three selection in John Hodge’s first mock draft and is one of eight prospects that could realistically be selected first overall by the Ottawa Redblacks according to 3DownNation.

A record five Canadian players were selected during the 2023 NFL Draft, including offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron (second round, Atlanta Falcons), defensive back Sydney Brown (third round, Philadelphia Eagles), offensive lineman Sidy Sow (fourth round, New England Patriots), defensive lineman Tavius Robinson (fourth round, Baltimore Ravens), and running back Chase Brown (fifth round, Cincinnati Bengals).

Guelph defensive back Siriman Harrison Bagayogo has also received an invitation to attend rookie minicamp with the Kansas City Chiefs.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.