Falcons intend to move swiftly in signing draft class

Last year, the Atlanta Falcons were the first NFL team to sign its entire draft class, when all six members signed May 5.

Although none of this year's six picks have signed just yet, expect the Falcons to move swiftly in getting those players under contracts. They've already informed agents of their intention to have the entire class signed by the start of rookie minicamp Friday.

NFC South foe Carolina has already signed all seven of its draft picks, but the Panthers' rookie minicamp was this weekend. The Falcons are one of 20 teams conducting their minicamp this coming weekend.

Falcons first-round draft pick Takkarist McKinley won't participate as he's still recovering from major surgery on his right shoulder. McKinley was the 26th overall pick; last year's 26th pick, quarterback Paxton Lynch of Denver, signed a four-year deal worth $9,476,308 that included a $5,091,860 signing bonus. Lynch, who received $8,334,083 guaranteed, got a little more of a boost than most rookies in getting $600,000 of his $1,742,223 base salary in 2019 guaranteed.

McKinley, like all first-round picks, will have a fifth-year option in his contract.

The rest of the Falcons' draft class will have four-year base salaries of $690,000, $615,000, $540,000 and $465,000, with the signing bonuses varying according to the slot in which they were drafted.

Linebacker Duke Riley (third round), guard Sean Harlow (fourth), defensive back Damontae Kazee (fifth), running back Brian Hill (fifth), and tight end Eric Saubert (fifth) are the other drafted players the Falcons hope to get under contract by the start of rookie minicamp.