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Atlanta Falcons blog by D. Orlando Ledbetter, the pro football and Atlanta Falcons reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Falcons agree to terms with Devonta Freeman

Now, the Falcons have reached deals with 8 of their 9 draft picks.

They agreed to terms with running back Devonta Freeman on Thursday, a day after closing deals with first-rounder Jake Matthews and second-rounder Ra'Shede Hageman.

Freeman, 5-8, 206 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round (103rd overall) in the NFL draft. Last season’s 103rd pick, linebacker Alex Okafor signed a four-year $2.634 million deal with Arizona, which included a $474,428 signing bonus.

He became the first Florida State running back since Warrick Dunn to rush for over 1,000 yards when he logged 1,016 yards on 173 carries in 2013.

On Sunday, five Falcons' draft picks, linebacker Prince Shembo, cornerback Ricardo Allen, linebacker Marquis Spruill, linebacker Yawin Smallwood, and linebacker Tyler Starr, all signed four-year contracts.

Third-round safety Dezmen Southward is the lone unsigned draft pick.


--Today: Coaching session Field workouts No. 9.

--Thursday: Coach session Field workout No. 10.


--Tuesday, May 27 – OTA No. 1.

--Wednesday, May 28 – OTA No. 2.

--Thursday, May 29 – OTA No. 3.

--Friday, May 30 – Strength and Conditioning plus a rookie practice

--Monday, June 2 – OTA No. 4.

--Tuesday, June 3 – OTA No. 5.

--Wednesday, June 4 – OTA No. 6.

--Thursday, June 5 – Rookie Practice.

--Monday, June 9 – Hacks vs. Jocks golf tournament. Defending champs – Team Scelfo.

--Tuesday, June 10 – OTA No. 7.

--Wednesday, June 11 – OTA No. 8.

--Thursday, June 12 – OTA No. 9.

--Friday, June 13 – OTA No. 10.

--Monday, June 16 – Physicals.

--Tuesday, June 17 -- Day One: Mandatory minicamp (5 practices over three days)

--Wednesday, June 18 – Day Two: Mandatory minicamp.

--Thursday, June 19 – Day Three: Mandatory minicamp. (Offseason program ends for veterans).

TBA – Rookie Symposium

TBA – (Late July) – Report to Training camp.


Jake Matthews brings strength of family to the Falcons

Ra'Shede Hageman could turn into defensive force for Falcons

Dezmen Southward ready to compete for playing time

Warrick Dunn likes the pick of FSU's Devonta Freeman

Falcons signed 20 undrafted rookie free agents, 5 from SEC 

Falcons invite 24 players in for tryouts

NFL Draft 2014: ESPN's Todd McShay on the Falcons' draft class

VIDEO: Reaction to 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


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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.