Make that NINE former Wildcats heading to the NFL.
Kentucky offensive tackle Dare Rosenthal has signed an undrafted free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons where he will fight for a final roster spot during spring camp. Rosenthal is the ninth Kentucky player to find a home in the pros this weekend, joining draft picks Wan’Dale Robinson, Josh Paschal, Luke Fortner, and Darian Kinnard along with undrafted free agents Marquan McCall, Yusuf Corker, Quandre Mosely, and Justin Rigg.
Rosenthal’s agency, Elite Loyalty Sports, announced the news through Instagram on Sunday afternoon.
After spending his three first college seasons with LSU, one as a redshirt, the 6-foot-7 native of Louisiana transferred to Kentucky ahead of the 2021 season where he made an immediate impact on the Big Blue Wall. Rosenthal started in 12 of UK’s 13 games at left tackle, only missing the Citrus Bowl win over Iowa due to an injury. He was tabbed as an All-SEC Third-Team performer by Pro Football Focus.
Rosenthal was widely-regarded as the top defensive tackle prospect in Louisiana coming out of Ferriday High School. He was a four-star recruit and a top 300 player in the class of 2018, according to the On3 Consensus.
Many expected Rosenthal to hear his name called during the 2022 NFL Draft, potentially as early as the fifth round, but all seven rounds came and went without any movement. However, it didn’t take long for the Falcons to scoop him up and now he’ll have the chance to prove those who skipped over him wrong.