Falcons sign two more draft picks

Falcons inside linebacker Troy Andersen (44) participates during rookie minicamp. Andersen recently signed his contract. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

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Falcons inside linebacker Troy Andersen (44) participates during rookie minicamp. Andersen recently signed his contract. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

Credit: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — Inside linebacker Troy Andersen, a second-round pick, and outside linebacker DeAngelo Malone, a third-round pick, signed four-year contracts with the Falcons on Wednesday.

The Falcons have signed six of their eight draft picks.

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Andersen and Malone joined Drake London, Tyler Allgeier, Justin Shaffer and John FitzPatrick with signed contracts. Outside linebacker Arnold Ebiketie, a second-round pick, and quarterback Desmond Ridder, a third-round pick, remain unsigned.

Andersen, who played at Montana State, joins a crowd at inside linebacker. In addition to Deion Jones, the Falcons signed Rashaan Evans and Nick Kwiatkoski in free agency. Also, Mykal Walker played well in spot duty last season.

Malone is part of the Falcons’ revamping at outside linebacker. They also drafted Ebiketie and signed Lorenzo Carter as a free agent.

London, the Falcons’ first-round draft pick, signed his four-year, $24.6 million contract May 12.

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.

Allgeier, Shaffer and FitzPatrick signed before the start of rookie minicamp.

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 are the draft bios for Andersen and Malone:

Second round (58th overall) – Troy Andersen, Montana State

Height: 6-3 ½ Weight: 243 Overview: Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds. He started games at quarterback, running back and linebacker for Montana State and was an All-Big Sky Conference QB as a sophomore. He made all-conference as an inside linebacker and an outside linebacker in separate seasons. This past season, he recorded 147 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, nine passes deflected and two interceptions. He was a unanimous All-American, Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-Big Sky and the team captain. He was chosen national FCS defensive player of the year by several outlets.

Third round (82nd overall) – DeAngelo Malone, Western Kentucky, linebacker

Height: 6-3 Weight: 243 Overview: He started all 14 games and had 94 tackles, 17.5 for loss, and nine sacks. He used his super-senior season to earn his fifth letter. He was named the defensive player of the year in Conference USA by the league’s head coaches. He started 53 games over his career. He is a graduate of Cedar Grove High School.

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