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Falcons sign five draft picks


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The Atlanta Falcons signed five players in their seven-member 2015 NFL Draft class, the team announced Saturday.

The five signees were second-round pick Jalen Collins, fourth-rounder Justin Hardy, fifth-rounder Grady Jarrett and seventh-rounders Jake Rodgers and Akeem King.

“For us, we are really encouraged by the opportunity to jump in full force and get as many guys done as we can,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.

Collins played in 30 games at cornerback and started 10 in three years at LSU. He totaled 90 tackles and three interceptions. Last year, he had a career-high 38 tackles and one interception.

Hardy set East Carolina records as a wide receiver with 387 receptions, 4,541 yards, and 35 touchdowns during his career. He caught more passes than any player in Football Bowl Subdivision history, passing former Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles’ record of 349.

Jarrett, a defensive tackle, finished his Clemson career with 207 tackles, 29 1/2 tackles for loss, 5 1/2 sacks, 37 quarterback pressures, one pass defense, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Rodgers started 14 games at right tackle for Eastern Washington in 2014. King had 71 tackles as a senior defensive back for San Jose State.

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