Atlanta Falcons: Dezmen Southward

The Atlanta Falcons reached a contract agreement with fourth-round draft pick Devonta Freeman on Thursday, meaning eight of the Falcons' nine draft selections are either signed or have agreed to terms.

Financial terms for Freeman's four-year deal were not immediately available.

Freeman, the running back out of Florida State, could be the team's three-down back of the future. He stood out during rookie minicamp and will be worth watching when the rookies join the veterans for organized team activities next week.

The Falcons agreed to terms with first-round pick Jake Matthews and second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman on Wednesday. Matthews received a four-year deal with a fifth-year option that included offsets. Hageman received a standard four-year deal.

The Falcons also signed fourth-rounder Prince Shembo, fifth-rounders Ricardo Allen and Marquis Spruill, and seventh-rounders Yawin Smallwood and Tyler Starr. All received four-year deals.

The lone draftee still without a contract is third-round pick Dezmen Southward, the safety from Wisconsin.

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