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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Atlanta Falcons wrap up draft class

By Pat Yasinskas

As they report to training camp, the Atlanta Falcons have all their draft picks signed.

First-round pick Desmond Trufant, who is expected to immediately compete for a starting cornerback job, came to an agreement with the team Wednesday. Quarterback Sean Renfree, a seventh-round pick, signed earlier in the day.

This continues an impressive streak by general manager Thomas Dimitroff and director of football operations Nick Polk for avoiding holdouts.

Since Dimitroff’s arrival in 2008, the team hasn’t had a true rookie holdout. There was one close call.

In 2008, offensive tackle Sam Baker signed his contract and headed to the practice field for the first session of camp. But Baker was pulled out of practice because his contract hadn’t yet been approved by the NFL. He was back on the field for the second session.