The Raiders inked fifth-round pick Johnny Townsend on Monday, the team announced, officially locking up the only punter on the roster.
Townsend’s 46.2-yard punt average ranks first in SEC history, as the former Florida special teams star finished his career with 11,090 yards on 240 punts. He’ll start for the Raiders at punter barring catastrophe, given the team waived the only other punter on the roster last week in UC Davis product Colby Wadman.
Oakland picked Townsend No. 173 overall in the fifth round on April 28. He landed 90 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line in college and received second-team All-American honors as a senior.
Townsend is the third of nine draft picks signed, joining sixth-round linebacker Azeem Victor and second-round defensive tackle P.J. Hall.
The Raiders also signed undrafted free agents Dallin Leavitt, a safety from Utah State, and Drew Scott, a long snapper from Kansas State. Both participated in Oakland’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis.
Leavitt played two seasons with the Aggies after transferring from BYU, starting 26 games over his 45-game college career with seven interceptions, 211 total tackles and eight pass breakups.
Scott, who served as the Wildcats’ primary long snapper for the final 26 games of his career, joins Andrew DePaola in Oakland’s long snapper group. DePaola, 30, became the league’s wealthiest long snapper earlier this offseason when the Raiders signed him for four years and $4.27 million with $875,000 guaranteed.
49ers >> The San Francisco 49ers signed sixth-round safety Marcell Harris to a four-year deal.
The deal announced Monday means the Niners have six of their nine draft picks already signed.
Harris was drafted 184th overall last month out of Florida. He played in 37 games in five years and registered 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three passes defensed.
SAINTS >> New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed four players and waived four players following a recent rookie camp that also included veterans who were offered tryouts.
Loomis says the Saints have signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek.
Linebacker Adam Bighill, offensive lineman Daronte Bouldin, and defensive backs Rickey Jefferson and Bradley Sylve have been waived.
Freeman is a rookie out of Georgia Tech and Yurachek a rookie out of Marshall.
LIONS >> The Detroit Lions have signed wide receiver Deontez Alexander, tight end Marcus Lucas and cornerback Josh Okonye.
The Lions also waived wide receiver Kyle Lewis and waived-injured tight end Brandon Barnes.
Alexander played two seasons at Franklin College of Indiana. He had 114 receptions for 2,133 yards and 33 touchdowns.