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Defensive tackle Ruke Orhorhoro inks Falcons rookie deal

The Falcons selected the Clemson defensive lineman No. 35 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. 

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons signed defensive tackle Ruke Orhorhoro to his rookie deal, the organization announced Monday.

Orhorhoro's rookie deal is estimated to be $9.9 million in total value, according to He would carry a cap number of $1.8 million in 2024 before topping out in 2027 at $3.1 million.

Get to know more about the Falcons' No. 35 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Height: 6-4

Weight: 294

School: Clemson

2023 stats: 12 appearances, 12 starts | 22 tackles, eight for loss, five sacks | One pass breakup

Honors: Third-team All-ACC in 2023

Ruke Orhorhoro signs his contract at Atlanta Falcons Training Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, on Friday, May 10, 2024. (Photo by Shanna Lockwood/Atlanta Falcons)


General manager Terry Fontenot: "Talk about a big, powerful, athletic man. Excellent skillset, versatile up front, plays the runs, plays the pass, excellent motor, top-notch makeup. We're very excited about him and the versatility he brings up front, the player he is."

Head coach Raheem Morris: "What we really valued was the position flexibility and having the ability to move him around: to be able to play the end position, being able to play that nose tackle position, being able to play that three-technique position. That's something he did a lot of at Clemson, moved all over the place."

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