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Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is chased by Wisconsin Badgers safety Dezmen Southward (12) and nose tackle Beau Allen (96) in the second quarter in the Capital One Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl. David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Dezmen Southward signs, completes 2014 draft class


The entire Atlanta Falcons draft class is now on the team.

Former Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward signed a contract Thursday. The terms were not disclosed.

Southward, a third round selection, is expected to bring immediate impact to a defense that was in the bottom third of the league. Southward played in a school record 54 games in college, never missing a game. That’s welcome news to a team that has been annihilated by injuries since last season, a trend that continued into 2014 with the season ending injury to LB Sean Weatherspoon.

Just to recap the Falcons rookie class, here are the 2014 draftees:

Jack Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (first round, 6th overall)

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (second round, 37th overall)

Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin (third round, 68th overall)

Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State (fourth round, 103rd overall)

Prince Shembo, LB, Notre Dame (fourth round, 139th overall)

Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue (fifth round, 147th overall)

Marquis Spruill, LB, Syracuse (fifth round 168th overall)

Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut (seventh round, 253rd overall)

Tyler Starr, LB, South Dakota (seventh round, 255th overall)

 

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