Patrick Vahe still has a chance to make an NFL roster. The former Texas offensive lineman who started for the Longhorns for four seasons made it through rookie mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens and was signed by the franchise on Monday.
Vahe was one of two players signed by the Ravens to fill out the team’s 90-man roster following the mini-camp, which took place this past weekend. By no means is Vahe a lock to survive the cut to make the 53-man roster once training camp ends (even though the Baltimore Sun reported upon Vahe’s signing that left guard specifically has been an issue for the club), but he wouldn’t be the first undrafted free agent offensive lineman from the Texas program to catch on in the NFL.
Beginning with Lyle Sendlein in 2007, Texas has seen six undrafted free agent offensive linemen — Kyle Hix, Michael Huey, David Snow, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins and Kent Perkins — become either active-roster players for various franchises, stick on a roster as a member of the injured reserve (Hix spent two seasons with the New England Patriots) or get multiple chances to make a roster (Huey spent time with four different clubs over parts of four different seasons). Sendlein has enjoyed the most successful career among the undrafted Texas offensive linemen with 124 career starts over nine seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, but both Hopkins and Perkins spent active-roster players during the 2018 season with the Cincinnati Bengals (Hopkins logged nine starts while Perkins appeared in one game).
Like some of the aforementioned Longhorns, Vahe got no time to develop when he arrived on the Forty Acres (Sendlien was the only one of the seven who received a redshirt year in the program). Vahe and fellow 2015 signee Connor Williams were thrown into the fire immediately, becoming the first true freshmen offensive linemen in recorded school history to log starts in a season opener when Vahe and Williams were on the field for the first offensive snap at Notre Dame in 2015.
Including the Notre Dame game to begin his career, Vahe started 45 games for the Longhorns (all at left guard) and saw in action in 48 contests (three games missed due to injury). A 2015 Freshman All-American (ESPN.com) and a three-time honorable mention All-Big 12 performer during his career, Vahe is one of four Texas products on the Ravens roster as he joins former All-American safeties DeShon Elliott (2017) and Earl Thomas (2009) and kicker Justin Tucker.
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Elliott and Vahe were both members of the 2015 signing class that’s produced six NFL draft picks to date (Elliott, Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, punter Michael Dickson, defensive end Charles Omenihu and cornerback Kris Boyd). The first full-cycle recruiting class for former head coach has also produced one active-roster undrafted free agent (Holton Hill) and one undrafted full-season injured reserve roster member (Chris Warren III) with Vahe and safety P.J. Locke III (Pittsburgh Steelers) vying to get their way onto the roster of their respective clubs ahead of the 2019 season.