Falcons Reach Deals With Rookies Jake Matthews, Ra'Shede Hageman

Kevin C. Cox

All but two players from the 2014 rookie class have now been signed to the Falcons.

Per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons have reached deals with their top two picks, tackle Jake Matthews and stout defensive tackle/defensive end Ra'Shede Hageman.

Matthews was selected sixth overall and projects to be an immediate starter at tackle, with an outside shot to win the left tackle job in 2014. Hageman will be an integral piece of the rotation almost immediately if all goes to plan, planning defensive end in 3-4 looks and kicking inside when the Falcons line up four.

Contract terms were not immediately available, but there won't be any gigantic surprises here, thanks to the new CBA.

Those deals mean all but two draft picks are now under contract for the Falcons, with only Dezmen Southward and Devonta Freeman remaining unsigned at this point. Expect those two deals to land soon.

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