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Ravens sign top pick Upshaw and rest of 2012 class

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP)

The Baltimore Ravens have signed their entire rookie draft class, including top pick Courtney Upshaw.

The majority of the contracts were finalized Thursday, one day before the start of a three-day rookie minicamp

Upshaw, a standout outside linebacker from Alabama, was the 35th overall selection in the draft. He received a four-year contract worth nearly $5.3 million, including a $2.292 million bonus.

He is projected as an immediate starter because Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs will be sidelined for a major portion of the season with a torn Achilles tendon that required surgery.

Upshaw recorded 9 1/2 sacks last season for the Crimson Tide with 51 tackles, 17 for losses, and one interception, earning All-American honors. For his career, Upshaw had 140 tackles and 16 1/2 sacks.

The Ravens also finalized deals with third-round running back Bernard Pierce (Temple) and sixth-round wide receiver Tommy Streeter (University of Miami). The team previously agreed to terms with seventh-round defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson.

Second-round offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele (Iowa State), fourth-round center Gino Gradkowski (Delaware), fourth-round free safety Christian Thompson (South Carolina St.) and fifth-round cornerback Asa Jackson (Cal Poly) each received a four-year deal.

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