The Atlanta Falcons today announced the signings of fourth-round draft choice LB Demorrio Williams and sixth-round draft choice S Etric Pruitt. Terms of the contracts were not announced by the team.
Williams and Pruitt are the first of the Falcons' seven 2004 draft picks to agree to contract terms.
“It is always good to get the process started on getting our draft picks signed,” said team president and general manager Rich McKay. “We will continue to work on signing the remaining five draft picks with the objective of getting them signed by the start of training camp.”
Williams, 6-0, 232 pounds, joined the Nebraska program after twice earning All-America honors at Kilgore (Texas) Junior College (2000-01). He started 24 of 27 games during his career with the Huskers, registering 220 tackles (121 solos), 12 sacks for minus-92 yards, 27 stops for losses of 116 yards, 18 quarterback pressures, three caused interceptions, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, an interception, eight pass deflections and a blocked kick. Despite playing only two seasons at Nebraska, his 220 tackles rank 16th on the school’s all-time record list, while his 121 solo tackles rank ninth. He also holds the team’s season-records for linebackers with eleven sacks, 21 stops behind the line of scrimmage and four fumble recoveries in 2003.
Pruitt, 6-0, 196 pounds, was a three-year starter at free safety for Southern Miss. The two-time All-Conference USA pick added All-America honors the last two years. A starter in 37 of 47 career games, Pruitt registered career statistics of 362 tackles (232 solos), two sacks for minus-8 yards, 14 stops for losses of 37 yards, five fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, 11 interceptions for 144 yards in returns (13.1 avg.) and a touchdown, 29 pass deflections, six blocked kicks and three punt returns for 43 yards (14.3 avg.).