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Falcons sign five draft picks

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The Falcons have completed deals with more than half of their draft class.

The announced the signings of five picks on Sunday: Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo (fourth round), Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen (fifth round), Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill (fifth round), Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood (seventh round) and South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr (seventh round).

Shembo, Allen, Spruill, Smallwood and Starr are among the seven drafted rookies added to an Atlanta defense that allowed the fourth-most yards per play a season ago.

The Falcons’ unsigned draft picks are Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews (first round), Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman (second round), Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward (third round) and running back Devonta Freeman (fourth round).

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4 Responses to “Falcons sign five draft picks”
  1. 700levelvet says: May 18, 2014 3:06 PM

    Prince Shembo.. Another ND 1st class citizen

  2. jacobslatter says: May 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    I am concerned about a NT to back up Paul Soliai in case of injury, none were drafted and 330 lb. dudes don’t grow on trees. The Falcons brought in Byron Jerideau who was in Chargers camp in 2013 but he’s a young inexperienced dude. Checking the PFT All-Unemployed team sees Aubrayo Franklin available & was brought in last year in interviews but Isaac Sopoaga has the Mike Nolan experience on his resume. Bring him in these coming weeks.

  3. rwhite84 says: May 18, 2014 5:22 PM

    Jacobslatter Hageman isn’t as big as Soliai but he has the strength to fill that role, well he isn’t the conventional nose tackle his athleticism could provide very disruptive in the role if needed.

  4. gpenpilot says: May 18, 2014 7:58 PM

    Not being biased but on paper the Falcons look like absolutely terrible team. Would be suprised to see then pull away with 5 wins and Mike Smith keeping his job. Raiders are maybe the only other team in the league that look so bad going into the season..

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