D.J. Tialavea, who is 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, recently moved from tight end to tackle. He originally signed with Dallas after the 2014 draft out of Utah State.
Kevin Graf, Will Freeman, Daniel Brunskill and Andreas Knappe, all undrafted players with no NFL game experience, are competing for the backup swing tackle spot.
“Those guys are all battling it out,” Falcons offensive line coach Chris Morgan said recently. “That competition is hot, too. We’ve got to sort it out.”
Graf, 6-6 and 309 pounds, played at USC. He is the veteran of the group. He went undrafted in 2014 and has spent time with the Eagles (2014-15) and Colts (2016).
Freeman, Brunskill and Knappe were undrafted free agents signed after the 2017 draft.
Freeman, 6-6 and 275 pounds, played at Southern Miss. He was selected to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2013. Freeman also saw action on offense and defense for Southern Miss.
Brunskill, 6-5, 260 pounds, played at San Diego State. He made the switch from tight end to left tackle before his senior season, earning second-team All-Mountain West honors in his lone year at the position. He played in played in 54 consecutive games, which tied him for the most in school history.
Brunskill was a Burlsworth Trophy nominee – the award given to the top college walk-on – which Falcons wide receiver Justin Hardy won in 2014.
Knappe, 6-8 and 325 pounds, played at Connecticut. He started all 12 games at right tackle in 2016. He’s from Denmark and helped Connecticut reach the 100-yard mark rushing six times last season. Knappe played in 36 games during his career with the Huskies.