UPDATE, 5:18 P.M.
Falcons third round pick Akeem Dent from the University of Georgia and Douglass High agreed to terms on a four-year, according to his Atlanta-base agent Hadley Engelhard.
Here’s some info from draft day on Dent, who attended some of the offseason workouts at Buford High.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Dent will be expected to contribute on special teams and backup at all of the linebacker spots.
Dent played outside and inside linebacker at Georgia.
“He’s a tough, hard-nosed guy who fits our scheme as a (middle) linebacker, but he also has the versatility to play all three positions,” Dimitroff said. “He will be a core special teams player for us, which is very important.”
The Falcons were also impressed by Dent being one of Georgia’s captains and by him attaining his degree in Housing.
“He fits in line as far as what we believe in having the right locker room,” Dimitroff said. “He played in the SEC and that speaks for itself. He knows football. He’s passionate about football.”
Earlier, the Falcons signed three of their six 2011 draft picks and a kicker on Thursday.
Kicker Matt Bosher, offensive lineman Andrew Jackson and defensive end Cliff Matthews were all signed to four-year contracts. The club also signed kicker Jacob Harfman to a three-year contract.
Bosher (6-foot, 208 pounds) was a sixth round pick (192 overall) from Miami. He handled both punting and placekicking duties while playing at Miami.
Jackson (6-5, 299) was taken in the seventh round (210 overall) from Fresno State. He was a highly coveted tackle after his junior season, but he dropped in the draft after an injury-plague senior season.
Matthews (6-4, 268) was picked in the seventh round (230th overall) from South Carolina. He recorded 144 total tackles, including 16.0 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss over four seasons for the Gamecocks.
Harfman (5-10, 195) played for Southern California over the last two college seasons. He punted 92 times for 3,719 yards and a 40.4 yard average while with the Trojans.
With the Falcons stocking up on punters, it looks they are preparing for Michael Koenen, who is a free agent, to sign with another team.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog