The Washington Redskins announced the signing of seven draft picks on Thursday.
Signings after the annual three-day selection process in recent years are a formality given the structured rookie wage scale.
Thursday's transactions, however, are noteworthy because the Redskins signed defensive tackle Daron Payne, who becomes the first player of the 2018 draft's first round to sign a rookie contract.
Payne, whom the Redskins selected as the 13th overall pick out of Alabama, will earn $14.4 million over four years on his rookie deal, which includes an $8.56 million signing bonus, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Payne, a two-time All-SEC selection, became the second consecutive defensive lineman out of Alabama on whom Washington used a first-round pick, joining Jonathan Allen (17th overall in 2017).
The Redskins look forward to getting Payne involved at various positions along the defensive line.