Canadian DL Lwal Uguak invited to rookie minicamp with Atlanta Falcons

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Canadian defensive lineman Lwal Uguak has been invited to participate in rookie minicamp with the Atlanta Falcons, per sources. The news was first reported by Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette.

The six-foot-four, 261-pound defender recently attended rookie minicamp with the New York Giants, though he was not offered a contract by the team. He was selected by the Montreal Alouettes with the seventh overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft, though he is not expected to sign with the club before exhausting all opportunities in the NFL.

Uguak 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 Falcons have already added two Canadian linemen to the roster this off-season. The club signed defensive tackle David Onyemata to a three-year, $35-million contract in free agency before selecting Victoriaville, Que. native Matthew Bergeron in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

CFL rookie camps open this week before training camps get underway on Sunday, May 14.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.