Jack Lynn, a former Minnesota Golden Gopher linebacker, is getting his shot at the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons announced they signed Lynn Monday evening, making the Lake Zurich, Ill., native the latest Minnesota player to earn a spot on an NFL roster. This comes after Lynn participated in the Falcons’ rookie minicamp, where he impressed the coaching staff enough to stay on with the Super Bowl LI runners up.
Lynn’s signing came at the expense of former USC running back Soma Vainuku.
TRANSACTION: We have signed LB Jack Lynn and waived FB Soma Vainuku. pic.twitter.com/HGDaZzROrG
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) June 5, 2017
Lynn started 28 games for the Gophers, and was the 27th-best player in the state of Illinois as a 3-star linebacker prospect in the 2012 recruiting cycle.
He enter the 2017 NFL Draft, but went undrafted along with fellow Minnesota players Drew Wolitarsky and Mitch Leidner.
The 6-foot-3, 240 pound linebacker made 77 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 11 starts during the 2016 season for Minnesota. Lynn was also invited to the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie camp, but did not earn a roster spot. However, he had much better luck in Atlanta.
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) April 30, 2017
Should Lynn remain on the roster throughout the summer, he will have a chance to prove he belongs on the final 53-man roster during Falcons training camp and preseason games.