The Atlanta Falcons signed five of their 2014 draft picks, linebackers Prince Shembo, Marquis Spruill, Yawin Smallwood and Tyler Starr and cornerback Ricardo Allen, the team announced Sunday.
According to ESPN.com, seventh-round pick Smallwood received a four-year deal that included a signing bonus of $45,896 and base salaries of $420,000, $510,000, $600,000, and $690,000.
Terms for the rest of the signed players were not immediately available.
Shembo (6-foot-0, 253 pounds) was selected in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He started 34 of 51 games at Notre Dame finishing with 145 tackles (71 solo), 19.5 sacks, 24.5 tackles for loss, 35 quarterback pressures, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles.
Spruill (6-0, 224) was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (168th overall). He played four years at Syracuse and was one of 15 true freshmen to play in 2010. His 41 tackles for loss ranks second in program history. Spruill started all 13 games in 2013, earning All-ACC honorable mention honors after posting 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Smallwood (6-4, 236) was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (253rd overall). He started all 36 games of his career at middle linebacker at Connecticut, and was the leading tackler in his final two seasons. He totaled 94 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks while adding three pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble return.
Starr (6-4, 250) was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (255th overall). He was named the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 for South Dakota after registering 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks while adding four passes defensed, one interception and four forced fumbles.
Allen (5-9, 186) was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round (147th overall). He earned All-Big 10 honors all four years and finished his career as the Purdue record holder with four interception returns for touchdowns, 13 interceptions and 263 total tackles.
The Falcons concluded their three-day rookie minicamp on Sunday.