As the Baltimore Ravens begin their rookie minicamp today, six of their 10 draft picks have already been signed. The Ravens reached agreements with fullback Kyle Juszczyk (fourth round), offensive lineman Ricky Wagner (fifth round), defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore (sixth round), center Ryan Jensen (sixth round), wide receiver Aaron Mellette (seventh round) and cornerback Marc Anthony (seventh round).
The Ravens and Chicago Bears are the first teams to sign any draft picks this year, but others will start to reach agreements as well. Last year, over half of the draft picks in the league were signed by the middle of May.
As you remember, reaching agreements with draft picks was often a laborious process. From 2007 to 2011, only 58 players had signed contracts in the month of May.
The new collective bargaining agreement standardized the slotting process and put limitations on signing bonuses. Negotiations are now reduced to guaranteed money, workout bonuses and escalators.
Because of that, we can already gauge the contracts that will be signed by the 2013 first-round picks. They should make slightly more than what the picks received last year.
Pick: No. 6 overall
Corresponding 2012 pick: Morris Claiborne, Cowboys cornerback
Claiborne's contract: A four-year, $16.265 million contract. The deal is fully guaranteed, including a $10.629 million signing bonus.
Pick: No. 17
Corresponding 2012 pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals cornerback
Kirkpatrick's contract: A four-year, $8.622 million contract. The deal contains $7,840,095 guaranteed, including a $4,710,276 signing bonus.
Pick: No. 21
Corresponding 2012 pick: Chandler Jones, Patriots defensive end
Jones' contract: A four-year, $8.173 million contract. The deal contains $7.42 million guaranteed, including a $4.384 million signing bonus.
Matt Elam, Baltimore Ravens safety
Pick: No. 32
Corresponding 2012 pick: David Wilson, Giants running back
Wilson's contract: A four-year, $6.684 million contract. The deal contains $5.4 million guaranteed, including a $3,301,456 signing bonus.