Pitt offensive lineman Bryce Hargrove has signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the 2021 NFL Draft. Hargrove started at left guard for the Panthers for each game of the 2019 and 2020 seasons, and was a bright spot on a shaky offensive line.
Hargrove is 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds and managed 26 reps of the bench press at Pitt’s pro day. He plays with physicality, but can in technique and athleticism in the run game. He excelled in pass blocking with the Panthers.
He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection in 2020 and a third-team All-ACC pick in 2020. Hargrove joined Pitt in 2016 and redshirted. He played in all 14 games in 2018 and started the final three after an injury to Jimmy Morrissey forced Connor Dintino to switch to center from left guard.
The Falcons have attempted to rehaul their offensive line over the past two seasons. Their new head coach, Arthur Smith, played on the line in high school and college before moving up to the NFL as an offensive line coach. Because of that, Hargrove is in the perfect spot to refine his technique and maximize his potential as a player, but he’s got some work to do to make the active roster.
Atlanta drafted guard Jalen Mayfield with their third-round pick on Friday and has 2019 first-round Chris Lindstrom locked into one starting spot. Mayfield is expected to battle free agent signing Josh Andrews for the other starting role.