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Falcons sign third round pick Johnson


Flowery Branch, Ga.-- The Atlanta Falcons today signed third round pick (98th overall) guard Mike Johnson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Johnson, 6-6, 304 pounds, started 41 consecutive games along the University Alabama offensive line and set the school career-record by appearing in 54 contests. He was a member of the Crimson Tide's 2009 National Championship team while blocking for Heisman Trophy winner running back Mark Ingram.

In his senior season, he started in all 14 games and was a first-team All-America selection by the American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp and the Associated Press. Johnson was also a unanimous All-SEC first-team choice as a senior. Following his junior campaign, he was named a first-team All-America selection by Pro Football Weekly, and was an All-SEC first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report after starting 14 games for the Crimson Tide.

The Falcons have now signed five of their seven 2010 NFL Draft selections, which include: defensive tackle Corey Peters (third round), Johnson (third round), center Joe Hawley (fourth round), cornerback Dominique Franks (fifth round), and safety Shann Schillinger (sixth round).

Only first-round linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and fifth-round wide receiver Kerry Meier remain unsigned.

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