USC defensive lineman Greg Townsend Jr. signed with the Oakland Raiders after he went unpicked in the 2016 NFL Draft.
UPDATE 5/11: The Raiders officially announced the signing of Greg Townsend Jr. on Wednesday afternoon, a day after the initial class of signees was revealed.
UPDATE 5/10 : The Raiders announced their 2016 undrafted free agent signings Tuesday, but Greg Townsend Jr. was not among their signees.
Greg Townsend Jr. is a Raider.
The Oakland Raiders signed Townsend as an undrafted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com.
Townsend’s father, Greg Townsend Sr. was a four-time All-Pro with the Raiders from 1983 through 1993.
He now joins former Trojan linebacker Malcolm Smith as well as USC great Jack Del Rio, who is the Raider head coach, in Oakland.
Townsend came to USC in 2011 as a four-star recruit and redshirted his first year.
As a redshirt freshman Townsend served as a back up while developing as a defensive end but then missed the entirety of the 2013 season due to injury.
In 2014 Townsend returned as a back up defensive end but once again missed time with an ankle injury and illness. When he did see the field, his impact was underwhelming, logging just nine tackles with two sacks.
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Finally as a redshirt senior Townsend secured a starting job up front. In 14 games, including 13 as a starter, he had 44 tackles with 6.5 tackles for loss including 3 sacks.
Kevon Seymour became USC’s first and only pick of Day 3 on Saturday when the Buffalo Bills picked him in the sixth round.
On Friday, Su’a Cravens was picked by the Washington Redskins in the second round while Max Tuerk went to the San Diego Chargers and Cody Kessler was unexpectedly selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round.
All told, the Trojans had four draft picks in 2016, bringing USC’s total to 496 all-time.