It's one No. 1 down and one No. 1 to go for the Atlanta Falcons, who agreed late Tuesday in principle with Ohio State wide receiver Michael Jenkins, the latter of the club's two selections in the first round.
The agreement with Jenkins, which will be finalized Wednesday, leaves only standout Virginia Tech cornerback DeAngelo Hall unsigned. Hall, the eighth choice in the draft, is not close to an agreement and will officially become a holdout when rookie head coach Jim Mora convenes his training camp Wednesday.
"I'm never one that says you're close or far because truly
you're about a 10-second phone call from being able to finalize any
of these deals," Falcons president Rich McKay told The Associated Press of negotiations with Hall's agent, Joel Segal. "So hopefully this is the one. I'll do everything I can."
Complete contract details for Jenkins, the 29th overall pick, were not available. It is believed he will sign a six-year contract that will void to five seasons. The anticipated five-year value is about $6.4 million to $6.5 million, and the upfront money likely will be in the $3.6 million to $3.7 million range.
Atlanta signed three other draft choices -- quarterback Matt Schaub (third round), defensive tackle Chad Lavalais (fifth round) and tailback Quincy Wilson (seventh round) -- Tuesday. Wilson received a three-year, $954,000 contract that included a $34,000 signing bonus. Terms of the other two deals are not known.
With the Jenkins agreement, nine first-round picks leaguewide have come to contract terms as the pace of signings has picked up a bit.
Jenkins, 22, is a rangy receiver with superior size (6 feet 4¼, 217 pounds) and speed, and the Falcons feel he could challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. The Falcons so coveted Jenkins, who was one of the fastest-rising players on draft boards around the NFL in the month preceding the lottery, that they traded to acquire a second pick in the first round, fearing they might not land a receiver of his caliber in the second stanza.
After playing primarily on special teams as a freshman, Jenkins moved into the starting lineup in 2001 and stayed there. He finished his Buckeyes career with 165 receptions for 2,898 yards and 16 touchdowns, starting in 38 of 51 appearances. He also scored on a punt return in 2003.
Jenkins is a superb athlete and leaper who has explosive playmaking skills and who will go aggressively after the ball.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.