Falcons sign rookies London, Allgeier, Shaffer and FitzPatrick

Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Drake London, center, a wide receiver from USC, holds up his jersey with general manager Terry Fontenot, left, and head coach Arthur Smith, right, at the team's practice facility Friday, April 29, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick Drake London, center, a wide receiver from USC, holds up his jersey with general manager Terry Fontenot, left, and head coach Arthur Smith, right, at the team's practice facility Friday, April 29, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Jason Getz/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

FLOWERY BRANCH -- Wide receiver Drake London, the Falcons first-round draft pick, signed his four-year, $24.6-million contract on Thursday, according to the team.

London, who played at USC, was drafted eighth overall. He will be expected to step right into the starting lineup and play alongside second-year tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver/running back Cordarrelle Patterson.

Also, running back Tyler Allgeier, the fifth-round pick, guard Just Shaffer, a sixth-round pick from Georgia and Cedar Grove, and tight end John FitzPatrick, a sixth-round pick from Georgia and Marist, signed before the start of rookie minicamp.

Players reported to the team facilities on Thursday and some took care of their contacts. Camp starts on Friday and runs through Sunday.

Allgeier’s four-year deal is worth $4 million.

Shaffer’s four-year deal is worth $3 million.

FitzPatrick’s four-year deal is worth $3.8 million.

Here’s a look at each draft pick:

First round (8th overall ) -- Drake London, wide receiver

Age: 23. Height: 6-foot-4. Weight: 219 pounds. Arms: 33 inches. Hands: 9 3/8. Hometown: Moor Park, Calif. Overview: Had more than 1,000 receiving yards in eight games before a fractured right ankle ended his 2021 season. London, who also played on USC’s basketball team, pointed to Hall of Fame receiver Calvin Johnson (from Georgia Tech) and current Tampa Bay Buc Mike Evans as examples of the larger, physical players at the position that he’s working to become in the NFL. He was third-rated wide receiver behind Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Alabama’s Jameson Williams in the AJC’s position-by-position draft series. In three seasons (2019-21), London had 160 receptions for 2,153 yards (13.5 per catch) and 15 touchdowns in 27 games (23 starts) for the Trojans. Despite missing the final four games of the 2021 season, London had 88 catches for 1,084 yards (12.3 per catch.) and seven touchdowns in eight games. He earned All-American and all-conference honors and was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Fifth round (151st overall) – Tyler Allgeier, running back

Height: 5-11. Weight: 224 pounds. 40-yard: 4.6 seconds. Overview: In 2020, he rushed 150 times for 1,130 yards and ranked seventh in the FBS with 7.53 per-carry average. He also added 13 rushing touchdowns and caught 14 passes for 174 yards. Last season, he rushed for 1,601 yards on a school-record 276 carries and tied for tops in the nation with 23 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 199 yards. Allgeier was named the 2021 Independence Bowl offensive MVP after he rushed for 192 yards in a loss to Alabama-Birmingham.

Sixth round (190th overall) – Justin Shaffer, offensive guard

Height: 6-4. Weight: 330. Overview: Started all 15 games in 2021 at left guard. Was voted second-team All-SEC by The Associated Press and SEC coaches. Played 100% of the offensive snaps in five games – Clemson, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan and Alabama. Played in 51 games in his career. First Bulldog drafted by the Falcons since Akeem Dent in 2011 (third round).

Sixth round (213th overall) – John FitzPatrick

Height: 6-7. Weight: 250. Overview: Played in all 15 games in the 2021 season, starting seven. Caught six passes for 83 yards (13.8 average, no TDs). Caught 10 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown in the 10-game 2020 season. Completed work on a degree in real estate in spring semester 2021.

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