A pensive Peria Jerry speaks to Atlanta Falcon management prior to his selected by them in the first round of the NFL Draft. Jerry was the 24th overall pick and the second Ole Miss player selected in the first round. School teammate Michael Oher was chosen overall 23rd by the Baltimore Ravens. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-round draft pick Peria (Per-Ray) Jerry to a five-year contract.
Jerry, an All-American defensive tackle from Mississippi, is the last of the team's eight draft picks to sign.
Jerry enters the start of training camp Saturday with a good chance to win the starting job held last year by Grady Jackson, one of five defensive players to leave the team as free agents.
Jerry had 132 tackles and 11.5 sacks at Ole Miss.
Terms of Jerry's deal were not released.