Offensive lineman Shahbaz Ahmed joined the Falcons two weeks ago as a tryout player. Here's everything you need to know about him:
Hailing from Haddonfield, N.J., Ahmed played his college ball at Temple University, where he began as a tight end. He quickly transitioned to defensive line, then switched offensive line as a junior and went on to start 12 games at guard during his senior campaign.
By thriving in college and earning a tryout with the Falcons, Ahmed exceeded expectations in a big way. While in high school, he received a two-star rating by the 247Sports composite rankings and was ranked the No. 1,942 high school player in the nation.
In 2015, Ahmed and teammate Eric Lofton were named the Division 1-A College Football Players of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey. His OL unit was named to the Joe Moore Award Honor Roll as the No. 1 offensive line in the country.
Ahmed's uncle, Willie Whitehead, went to Auburn and spent eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints.
Ahmed was named to the Athletic Director's honor roll for three straight years and earned a degree in political science with a 3.4 GPA.