Canadian OL Kyle Hergel signs NFL undrafted free agent contract with New Orleans Saints: sources

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Canadian offensive lineman Kyle Hergel has signed with the New Orleans Saints after going unselected in the 2024 NFL Draft, per sources.

The Toronto native transferred to Boston College for his final collegiate season in 2023 where he started at left guard and was named All-ACC honourable mention. He spent the two previous seasons at Texas State where he was named All-Sun Belt honourable mention in 2021 and third-team All-Sun Belt in 2022.

The six-foot-three, 302-pound blocker started his collegiate career at North Dakota where he was named the FCS Independent Newcomer of the Year in 2019 after redshirting the previous year. In 54 career starts across all three levels of competition, he has allowed just five sacks and 32 pressures on 1,774 pass-blocking snaps.

At his Boston College pro day, Hergel leapt 33 inches in the vertical jump, which would have tied for eighth at this year’s NFL Combine among offensive linemen. He also recorded a 113-inch broad jump, which would have tied for ninth at the NFL Combine, and 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which would have tied for fourth.

The blocker also ran the forty-yard dash in 5.39 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.61 seconds, and the three-cone drill in 7.84 seconds. He was a last-minute addition to this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl, where he played centre.

Hergel is the fourth-ranked prospect in the 2024 CFL Draft but is expected to fall after signing in the NFL.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.