ATHENS - The NFL draft and its immediate aftermath were a severe disappointment for Georgia tight end Aron White. But it has worked out for White after all.
White has signed with the Atlanta Falcons, following a tryout earlier this week. White will join the team's 90-man offseason roster.
That is far from a guarantee that White will make the team. But it now puts him on equal footing with everyone who has been drafted or signed as an undrafted free agent.
"I'm officially a Falcon after this weekend tryout!" White said on his Twitter feed Sunday, adding the hashtags "dream come true" and "rise up," the motto for the Falcons.
White served as the main backup at tight end last season, finishing with just nine catches - but four of them were for touchdowns. He finished his college career with 34 catches - 10 of them touchdowns - and 512 receiving yards.
White was also one of the most quoted players at Georgia, thanks to his approachable and loquacious manner. When he graduated in 2011, he spoke at commencement.
The Falcons drafted Georgia inside linebacker Akeem Dent last year. White is their first former Bulldog from this year's rookie class.
Georgia had seven players drafted last month, and three more signed as free agents, including White. (Here's a link to a blog I did on those players.)