Joins Former Yale Teammate Oluokun
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jaeden Graham went from three collegiate seasons trying to find a role to All-Ivy League tight end in 2017, while helping the Yale Football Team win a championship. Now he is trying to secure a role in the National Football League.
Graham signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons that allows him to compete for a tight end spot and be on the pre-season roster along with Yale teammate and classmate Foyesade Oluokun, a linebacker who was drafted by the NFC South team.
"There has been a lot of work to get to this point, and I have had incredible help along the way from my coaches and teammates at Yale, the Yale athletic department, and the Yale community as a whole," said Graham, who earned his offer after a workout with the Falcons.
As the starting tight end in all 10 games last season, Graham led the Elis with four receiving touchdowns and was third in receiving yards with 380. This came after three seasons of injuries and position changes, factors that were preventing an outstanding athlete from showing off his true skills.
Graham does not have a definitive role on the Falcons. According to some reports on the team, it is expected that he will compete for the third-string spot, one that is wide open with six tight ends currently on the roster.
Graham will be competing with another undrafted free agent, Troy Mangen from Ohio University and Alex Gray, who is a second-year player. Then there is former English rugby star Eric Saubert, who was the third-string TE last season, and Logan Paulsen, the projected backup, while 2017 starter Austin Hooper is also back in the fold.
By Owen Cooper, Yale Sports Publicity Intern