Raiders sign several undrafted rookies

The Oakland Raiders have neve been big dippers into undrafted free agency but they may be feeling the pressure with so many gems to be found. They signed several players to deals on Monday.

Full Name: Jayson Boyd School: UTEP Pos: WR

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 222 40: 4.58 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Two-year starter who began his football career at Oregon State. Played in six games as a senior totaling 12/222 after being sidelined with groin and ankle injuries. All-Conference selection as a junior after posting 42/560/5.

Pos: Athletic receiver with solid size/speed numbers. Physically strong, goes over the middle and extends to make the tough reception. Effective running after the catch and carries opponents several yards. Attacks blocking assignments, displaying strength at

Neg: Lacks soft, consistent hands. Needs to improve his route-running skills.

Analysis: Showing flashes of ability as a junior, Boyd's development was slowed by injuries last season. Needs to improve the details of his game, yet a solid developmental prospect.

Full Name: Kent Smith School: Central Michigan Pos: QB

Ht: 6-4.5 Wt: 216 40: 4.66 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter with passing numbers of 60.7%/2,799/16/6 as a senior when he also finished second on the team in rushing with 157/443/7. Totaled 2,284 passing yards as a junior, adding 351 yards on the ground.

Pos: Athletic quarterback with an NFL arm. Displayed improved fundamentals, goes through receiver progressions and nicely sets up screens. Drives passes downfield and shows great velocity on throws. Displays a willingness to sit in the pocket and withstand the rush. Eludes defenders when pressured.

Neg: Must improve his timing as receivers wait for the passes out of breaks. Not decisive, puts the ball up for grabs into double coverage and is wildly inaccurate at times.

Analysis: Ever-improving in all facets of the game, Smith is a talented prospect who needs to polish his game. Practice squad material with long-term potential.

Former Central Michigan University quarterback Kent Smith of Toledo (Ohio) Start High School and tight end Jacob Brown of Bridgeport (Mich.) High School have signed free agent deals with the Oakland Raiders.

The pair will report to Oakland on Thursday for a three-day mini-camp that begins on Friday.

Kent Smith, a two-year starter under center at Central Michigan, holds or shares eight school records for passing or total offense. He completed a school-record 255 passes for 2,799 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 433 yards and seven scores in 2005.

Smith threw for at least 300 yards four times last season, including a school-record 460 yards on 46-of-70 passing at Western Michigan on Nov. 12. Just the third Chippewa signal-caller to post consecutive 2,000-yard passing seasons, Smith is the only player in CMU history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a single game. He completed 26-of-36 passes for 356 yards and ran for 122 yards in a 38-37 win at Miami on Sept. 10.

For his career, Smith ranks second at CMU in total offense (6,079 yards), fourth in passing yards (5,179) completions (453) and attempts (785) and tied for fourth in touchdown passes (33).

A four-year letterman, Jacob Brown had a breakout year after moving to tight end prior to the 2005 season. As a senior, he established career highs with 33 catches for 429 yards and three touchdowns. In his final collegiate game, he caught four passes for 108 yards and two scores. He finished his career with 51 catches for 654 yards and four scores.

This marks the second consecutive year that CMU has sent at least two players into the professional ranks. Offensive linemen Eric Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft were drafted in fourth and fifth round, respectively, by the Cincinnati Bengals last year, while Tory Humphrey spent the 2005 season with the Green Bay Packers and is currently playing for the Amsterdam Admirals in NFL Europe.

Five former Chippewas were active in the NFL at the conclusion of the 2005 season, including Green Bay defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and Detroit center Brock Gutierrez.


SB Report Top Stories