Ravens sign top pick Upshaw and rest of 2012 class

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.