FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed second-round draft pick Peter Konz to a four-year, $3.58 million deal on Sunday.
Konz, who was projected to be selected in the first round of the draft, was picked by the Falcons with the 55th overall pick, in the second round. His deal includes a $1.05 million signing bonus.
The Falcons also signed rookie draft picks fullback Bradie Ewing (fifth rounder), safety Charles Mitchell (sixth) and defensive tackle Travian Robertson (seventh) on Sunday. Terms of those deals were undisclosed.
Konz spent most of the practice during the three-day rookie minicamp at right guard and received some snaps at center.
“I thought Peter did a nice job,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the first practice. “Of course, Peter is being cross-trained at two positions. It’s obvious that he’s a big strong guy.”
Konz is expected to compete for the starting right guard position against several veterans. However, he hasn’t played guard on a regular basis since high school.
“I actually switched off from tackle to guard whenever we had a pulling play my junior year [of high school],” Konz said. “That’s how I got into pulling and all of that.”
The Falcons liked Konz in part because he is light on his feet and moves around well for a big guy. He flashed his movement skills on a couple of plays that called for him to get outside.
He attributes his good feet to playing basketball and running track in high school.
Konz, and the other 45 players on hand for the minicamp, arrived Thursday.
The Falcons hope to have their entire six-person draft class signed by the end of the Sunday or Monday at the latest.
The process of signing rookies is easier under the new collective bargaining agreement, whch created a wage scale and a new slotting system. There are just a few key points that call for negotiation.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog