Following tryout, Raiders sign undrafted Kentucky safety

Following tryout, Raiders sign undrafted Kentucky safety

ALAMEDA – The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent S Marcus McWilson, the club announced Monday.

McWilson signs with the team following participation in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis from May 5-7.

McWilson appeared in 41 games over four seasons (2013-16) at Kentucky. His career totals include 173 tackles (81 solo), four interceptions, four passes defensed, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, the 6-foot, 198-pounder attended Cardinal Mooney High School in his hometown.

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49ers sign third-round draft pick Witherspoon

49ers sign third-round draft pick Witherspoon

The 49ers signed CB Ahkello Witherspoon to a four-year deal, the team announced on Friday. 

With the signing, the 49ers now have seven of the team’s 10 2017 draft picks under contract.

Witherspoon (6-3,195) was the first of two third-round draft picks (66th overall) by the 49ers in this year’s draft out of Colorado. In three seasons with the Buffaloes, he appeared in 36 games (21 starts) and registered 77 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 28 passes defensed.

In 2016, he earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors, appearing in 13 games (12 starts) where he registered 24 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 22 passes defensed. His 22 passes defensed on the year led the nation and tied the school record for the most in a single season (22 passes defensed by Ben Kelly in 1998).

As a junior, he played in 13 games (eight starts) and tallied 41 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed. In 2014, he played in 10 games (one start) and recorded 12 tackles and two passes defensed.

As a freshman in 2013, he played at Sacramento City College, appearing in eight games where he notched 21 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and seven passes defensed. 

A 22-year-old native of Sacramento, CA, Witherspoon attended Christian Brothers (Sacramento, CA) High School.

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Raiders sign 17 undrafted free agents

Raiders sign 17 undrafted free agents

The Oakland Raiders signed the following 17 undrafted free agents, the club announced Friday.

Borders, Breon                                   CB                   5-11    189     Duke
Boyette, Paul                                      DT                   6-2      310     Texas
Briggs, Chauncey                               T                      6-6      301     SMU
Brown, Fadol                                      DE                   6-4      282     Mississippi
Brown, Pharaoh                                 TE                    6-5      246     Oregon
Cioffi, Anthony                                   S                      5-11    205     Rutgers
Hatcher, Keon                                    WR                  6-1      212     Arkansas
Humes, Chris                                      CB                   6-0      201     Arkansas State
Jefferson, Rickey                                S                      5-11    208     LSU
Kukwa, Anthony                                 LS                    6-2      231     Lake Erie
Morrow, Nicholas                              LB                    6-0      216     Greenville
Simmons, Jordan                                G                     6-3      339     USC
Thomas, Ahmad                                  S                      6-0      214     Oklahoma
Wade, Jordan                                     DT                   6-3      319     Oklahoma
Whitney, Isaac                                    WR                  6-2      204     USC
Woodson-Luster, Xavier                   LB                    6-1      219     Arkansas State
Zamora, Ishmael                                 WR                  6-3      224     Baylor

Borders: Played four years at Duke, appearing in 49 games with 35 starts…Totaled 148 career tackles (106 solo), seven tackles for loss, one sack, 12 INTs, 34 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Boyette: Played four years at Texas, appearing in 42 games with eight starts…Totaled 100 career tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

Briggs: Played four years at SMU, appearing in 39 game with 32 starts on the offensive line… As a senior, helped the offense average 163.2 rushing yards per game…First name is pronounced CHON-see.

Brown, F.: Played three years at Mississippi after transferring from FIU…Played in 32 games at Mississippi with 21 starts…Totaled 109 tackles (51 solo), four sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

Brown, P.: Played four years at Oregon, seeing action in 40 games…Totaled 70 career receptions for 1,011 yards with 11 TDs…Two-time All-Pac-12 selection… Also named first-team all-conference by Athlon Sports, and Phil Steele Publications as a junior.

Cioffi: Played four years at Rutgers, appearing in 47 games with 33 starts at both safety positions and cornerback…Career totals include 168 tackles (120 solo), eight INTs, 2.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, 13 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

Hatcher: Played four years at Arkansas, seeing action in 47 games with 28 starts…Career totals include 130 receptions for 1,866 yards and 19 TDs…Finished collegiate career ranked fourth on the program’s all-time list in receiving TDs.

Humes: Played four years at Arkansas State, seeing action in 54 games with 39 starts…Totaled 180 career tackles (109 solo), three INTs, 14 passes defensed, two sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries…As a senior, named honorable mention All-Sun Belt Conference.

Jefferson: Played four years at LSU, playing in 37 games with 15 starts…Totaled 87 career tackles (48 solo), one sack, four INTs and 12 passes defensed.

Kukwa: Played four years at Lake Erie, seeing action in 42 games...Named honorable mention All-GLIAC as a junior…Transferred from Ball State, where he redshirted as a freshman.

Morrow: Played four years at Greenville, playing in 34 games...Totaled 222 career tackles (151 solo), five sacks, 38 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three INTs and 11 passes defensed…Honored as a second-team AFCA NCAA Division III All-American.

Simmons: Played four years at USC, seeing action in 21 games with two starts…As a senior, saw action in 13 games and served as a reserve offensive lineman and played on special teams.

Thomas: Played four years at Oklahoma, seeing action in 51 games with 39 starts…Started final 39 straight games of his career…Totaled 223 career tackles (149 solo), four INTs, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.

Wade: Played four years at Oklahoma, playing in 44 games with 22 starts…Totaled 79 career tackles (43 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.

Whitney: Played two years at USC after transferring from Riverside (Calif.) Community College…Also played at Central Oklahoma…Totaled 11 catches for 144 yards (13.1 avg.) and two TDs at USC.

Woodson-Luster: Played four years at Arkansas State, playing in 47 games with 37 starts…Finished as program’s all-time leader with 293 tackles (165 solo)…Also totaled five sacks, 19 tackles for loss, two INTs, 11 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Zamora: Played two years at Baylor, playing in 23 games with eight starts…Totaled 72 career receptions for 941 yards with 10 TDs…As a sophomore, Ranked second in the Big-12 Conference with 6.3 receptions per game.

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