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2016 Raiders UDFA profile: Greg Townsend Jr following in Pro Bowl father's footsteps

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Even with Al Davis long passed, the Raiders still make a point to bring in next generation legend players. They continue that tradition with UDFA addition Greg Townsend Jr.

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Measurables

6-2, 258 pounds

40-yard dash: 4.86

Bench press: 19 reps of 225 pounds

Vertical jump: 31.5"

Broad jump: 9'1"

3-cone drill: 7.50

Short shuttle: 4.55

Stats

2015: 14 games, 44 tackles (20 solo), 7.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks. 2 FF

2014: 9 games, 9 tackles (6 solo), 3 TFL, 2.0 sacks

2013: DNP (injured)

2012: 10 games, 15 tackles (11 solo), 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks

Summary:

One thing Greg Townsend Jr has always had going for him is bloodlines. His father Greg Sr was a former 4th round pick and Pro Bowl pass rusher for the Raiders over 12 seasons. And coming out of high school, Jr was looking every bit the elite talent his father was, including making every national top prep list at Beverly Hills High and opted to attend nearby USC. Unfortunately, as is often the case with highly regarded prospects who ultimately fall out of the draft, it was injuries that tripped him up.

Townsend Jr was on and off the field throughout his four-year career at USC, including missing his entire sophomore campaign after suffering both ankle and knee injuries in camp with the knee requiring surgery. He appeared in 9 games as a junior due to a sprained ankle as well as a bout with chicken pox.

His senior season was Townsend's best chance to show scouts what he was capable of. After being slowed by a foot injury in spring practice, he was able to stay on the field for his entire senior campaign and thus putting up respectable numbers with 44 combined tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles.

He appears to have brought his weight down from 275 to under 260 which could signal he is looking to switch to outside linebacker. That could make some sense considering stopping the run was never his strong suit and the Raiders making it clear they would like to stockpile pass rushing outside linebackers to convert more to the 3-4 defense.