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We’re down to 12 draft picks without their rookie contracts

Marcus Mariota, former Oregon quarterback and overall No. 2 NFL football draft pick by the Tennessee Titans, answers questions during a news conference Friday, May 1, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Mariota was selected by the Titans in the first round Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


In the old days of the previous CBA, draft picks signing didn’t begin in earnest until the Fourth of July. Legendary Giants General Manager George Young pushed it back, saying he didn’t worry about unsigned picks until Bastille Day.

This year, we’re close to having them wrapped up by Flag Day.

With the Rams signing their class en masse yesterday and a few other stragglers, we’re down to 12 unsigned picks. That means 244 of the 256 players picked on the weekend of April 30-May 2 have already put their names on the dotted line.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (second overall), Giants tackle Ereck Flowers (ninth), Packers cornerback Damarious Randall (30th) and Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (32nd) are the lone remaining first-rounders.

There are just two unsigned second-rounders, Giants safety Landon Collins (33rd) and Raiders defensive end Mario Edwards (35th).

The remaining six players without deals are all in the third round: Colts cornerback D’Joun Smith (65th), Titans tackle Jeremiah Poutasi (66th), Jaguars guard A.J. Cann (67th), Raiders tight end Clive Walford (68th), Browns running back Duke Johnson (77th) and Colts defensive end Henry Anderson (93rd).

The deals are essentially boilerplate at this stage, so there’s no reason to think any of them will be complicated or drag on for long.