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Ravens Sign Entire Draft Class

Baltimore inked top pick Courtney Upshaw to a reported four-year deal on Thursday.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

The Ravens’ entire draft class is under contract heading into Friday’s start to rookie camp.

Baltimore inked top pick linebacker Courtney Upshaw, third-round running back Bernard Pierce and sixth-round wide receiver Tommy Streeter on Thursday evening.

The rest, second-round guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele, fourth-round guard/center Gino Gradkowski, fifth-round safety Christian Thompson, fifth-round cornerback Asa Jackson and seventh-round defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson, were all signed over the previous two days.

Upshaw got a reported four-year deal worth $5.29 million with a $2.292 signing bonus, says The Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson and NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport.

Upshaw is the highest second-round draft pick to sign thus far.

All draft picks usually aren’t signed this quickly, which is a credit to the Ravens and Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty. They were able to do so in part thanks to the new rookie wage scale, which largely automatically determines salaries.

Last year, first-round pick Jimmy Smith didn’t sign until July 29. Outside linebacker Sergio Kindle didn’t sign until Sept. 23 after he suffered a head injury. First-round pick Michael Oher didn’t sign until July 31 in 2009.

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