Raiders add more UDFA



The Raiders signed UC-Davis guard Jonathan Compas on Tuesday, soon after they inked Boise State tight end Chris O’Neill.
Compas, 6-foot-3 and 298 pounds, started all 40 games he played for the Aggies, including the final 34. He played 11 games at right offensive tackle in 2006 but moved back to right guard in 2007.
He was named All-Great West Football Conference First Team three straight seasons. Compas is 23.
The Raiders traded for center Samson Satele and signed left offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, right offensive tackle Erik Pears and guard Marcus Johnson during the offseason, but they made it through the NFL Draft without adding an offensive lineman.


The Raiders signed undrafted free-agent linebacker Jerome Boyd on Wednesday.
Boyd, 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, started his final two seasons at the University of Oregon. He recorded 80 tackles last season and was named the team’s Bob Officer Award as the player who excelled despite physical adversity and injury.
Boyd. 22, also owns the distincition of posting the fastest 40-yard dash time in Oregon history for a linebacker at 4.33 seconds. He was an Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 his junior and senior seasons.
Boyd played safety in high school and was regarded as the sixth-best prospect at that position. It’s conceivable that he will be converted to safety, given his lack of desired size for a linebacker in the NFL.
Boyd is the seventh undrafted free agent signed by the Raiders since the NFL Draft ended Sunday. He is expected to participate in the team’s mini camp May 8-10 in Alameda, Calif.

Here is a video of Boyd:



The Raiders added yet another tight end Tuesday, when they signed undrafted free agent Chris O’Neill. He joins Brandon Myers, who was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Sunday.

The Raiders also return starting tight end Zach Miller and backups Tony Stewart and Darrell Strong.

O’Neill, 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, played at Boise State. He caught 21 passes for 254 and three touchdowns in two seasons. He will compete for a backup spot behind Miller and is a long-shot to make the 53-man roster.

O’Neill signed with the Raiders just as he was about to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He visited the Raiders, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers before the draft.

“I’m in a little better spirits considering what was going on” Sunday, O’Neill told the Idaho Statesman. “… It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m going to do whatever they want me to do.”

On Monday, the Raiders signed: Wide receivers Nick Miller (Southern Utah) and Shawn Bayes (Kent State), defensive tackle Desmond Bryant (Harvard) and linebackers Frantz Joseph (Florida Atlantic) and David Nixon (Brigham Young).


Frantz Joseph Video at an all-star game.


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