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2016 Draft Class: Allen, Holmes sign contracts


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars are wasting little time signing their draft class.

And two members of the team's high-profile rookie class on Thursday made their signings official very quickly after arriving in Jacksonville.

Quarterback Brandon Allen and defensive end Tyrone Holmes, the Jaguars' two sixth-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, both signed their rookie contracts with the team on Thursday as rookies first gathered for the team's rookie minicamp.

The two-day rookie minicamp will be held at EverBank Field Friday and Saturday. The team's seven draft selections arrived at EverBank Thursday.

Holmes (6-feet-4, 250 pounds), who played collegiately at the University of Montana, was the first of the team's two sixth-round selections. He was selected 181st overall last Saturday.

Holmes registered 87 tackles as a senior, including 21.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. The sacks total led the nation in a season in which he was named FCS Defensive Player of the Year. Holmes registered 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a junior in 2014.

Holmes was fifth of six defensive players drafted by the team last weekend.

Allen (6-1, 217), who played collegiately at Arkansas, was the only offensive player the Jaguars selected in the '16 draft – and the 201st overall selection.

Allen finished third in Arkansas history with 7,463 career yards passing, and started 38 career games including the last 34. He finished second in program history in career completions (583), second in attempts (1,016) and third in completion percentage (57.4).

Five Jaguars draft selections remain unsigned: first-round cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Florida State), second-round linebacker Myles Jack, third-round defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, fourth-round defensive tackle Sheldon Day and seventh-round defensive end Jonathan Woodard.

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