Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo (55) celebrates as he’s hugged by teammate Stephon Tuitt after a tackle for a loss against Temple during the first half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
FLOWERY BRANCH — Five Falcons’ draft picks, linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, and linebacker Tyler Starr, all signed contracts with the Falcons on Sunday.
The terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
First-round tackle Jake Matthews, second-round defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman, third-round safety Dezmen Southward and fourth-round running back Devonta Freeman remain unsigned.
The Falcons are following the league trend of trying to wrap up their rookie signings quickly.
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Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time
Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU’s Devonta Freeman
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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, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin
Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-8, 206, Florida State
Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, LB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame
Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue
Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, LB, 6-1, 231, Syracuse
Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, LB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut
Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota