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Undrafted rookie list: Falcons sign Vols’ Stone

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Tennessee offensive lineman James Stone (64) has signed with the Falcons. (Photo by Associated Press)

Tennessee offensive lineman James Stone (64) has signed with the Falcons. (Photo by Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Tennessee center/guard James Stone has agreed to an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Falcons, according to his agents.

The Falcons have reached agreements with several players, but will not release the official list until Monday after all of the contracts are signed.

Here are some of the players the team has reached agreements with:

Geraldo Boldewijn, WR, Boise State, 6-4, 220:  Started each of Boise State’s 13 games during his final collegiate season…was the Broncos’ third-leading receiver…caught 39 passes for 528 yards on the season, both career highs.

Brenden Daley, LB, Hawaii, 6-3, 250: Named honorable mention All-Mountain West…appeared in all 12 games, making nine starts at middle linebacker…led the team with 90 total tackles, including 13.0 for loss.

Nosa Eguae, DL, Auburn, 6-3, 282: “Atlanta reached out to me in the seventh round and told me and they were interested and they reached a deal with my agent and I feel that’s a good fit for me,” Eguae told the Opelika-Auburn News. “I’m looking forward to everything. It’s a great organization and they’re great people and I’m familiar with the area, so it’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Devonta Glover-Wright, CB, Utah State, 6-0, 174: Former Campbell High Spartans quarterback. Played 27 games at Utah State after starting his career at Eastern Arizona Community College.  Finished the year eighth on the team with 52 tackles (31-solo, 21-assist), while ranking second on the team with 10 pass breakups and tied for seventh with 5.0 tackles for loss… Returned 19 kickoffs for 429 yards and that average of 22.6 yards per return ranked sixth in the Mountain West and 58th in the nation.

Maurice Hagens, FB, Miami, 5-11, 250: Played in all 13 games, making five starts at fullback … Also played on special teams … Had five rushes for 22 yards and seven catches for 83 yards.

Freddie Martino, WR, North Greenville: He was a four-year starter for the Crusaders. He  played in 48 games, catching 296 passes for 3,766 yards and 26 touchdowns while also scoring 5 times rushing.

Jeff Mathews, QB, Cornell, 6-4, 225: “I’m just very happy to be going to Atlanta,” Matthews told the New York Post. “It’s a great opportunity to go down there to a very good team and franchise. Matt Ryan is someone I can learn from.” Mathews set 47 school records at Cornell.

Walker May, DE, Vanderbilt, 6-5, 250: Co-captain started every game at defensive end, running his consecutive starts streak to 33 games…Finished with 25 solo tackles, 41 total tackles, four quarterback sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

Kimario McFadden, S, South Carolina State, 5-11, 197: He’s from Riverdale. He was a second team All-MEAC selection last season. He recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception last season for the Bulldogs, who lost to Furman in the FCS playoffs this past fall.

Roosevelt Nix, FB, Kent State, 5-11, 260: First player in KSU history & fifth player in MAC history to earn first team all-conference honors in four seasons

Jacob Pederson, TE, Wisconsin, 6-5, 240:  Finished career ranked No. 7 all-time at Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history … also finished career ranked No. 16 in receiving yards with 1,394.

Bernard Reedy, WR, Toledo, 5-9,175: He played in 50 games for the Rockets and caught 195 passes for 2,743 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Donte Rumph, DT, Kentucky, 6-2, 337: Three-year SEC starter. He’s as space eater.

Jacques Smith, LB, Tennessee: The 6-foot-2, 258-pound Smith played defensive end and outside linebacker during his UT career, finishing with 92 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. “The Falcons called to say they had worked out the details with my agent and for me to fly to Atlanta [today] to sign the paperwork and get ready for the rookie mini-camps coming up. I’m going to work really hard to learn as much as I can and earn a spot on their roster, Smith told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. “I think the fact that I played in both the 4-3 and 3-4 and had to be versatile as an end and linebacker will really help now, because I’m versatile enough to be that speed rusher coming off the edge and I can drop back into coverage

Jerome Smith, RB, Syracuse, 6-0, 226: Ranks 13th on the Syracuse career rushing yards record list … Tied for ninth in program history with eight 100-yard games.

James Stone, OG/C, Tennessee, 6-3, 291: Has agreed to a deal with the Falcons. He started 39 games during his career with the Volunteers.

Matt Yoklic, P, Pittsburgh, 6-4, 220: Averaged a career-high 43.0 yards per punt to rank third in the ACC…totaled 70 punts for 3,008 yards…had 19 total punts downed inside the 20 and 19 punts of 50-plus yards last season.

THE ATLANTA FALCONS 2014 DRAFT CLASS

Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

 

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