Fullback Derek Watt, a sixth-round pick of the Chargers in 2016, and running back Melvin Gordon were reunited during Watt’s rookie season in San Diego. The former (Watt) helped the latter (Gordon) earn Pro Bowl honors as the primary lead blocker during Gordon’s 997-yard, 10-touchdown season.
Watt and Gordon shared a backfield at Wisconsin from 2013-14.
Watt is the younger brother of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Derek, J.J. and younger brother, T.J., all played at the University of Wisconsin. T.J. was drafted in the first round (30th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in this year’s NFL Draft.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick by Chargers (198th overall), April 30, 2016...signed four-year contract, May 10.
2016: Pro Football Journal second-team All- Rookie...first NFL start and helped Bolts rush for 150 yards in 38-14 win vs. Jacksonville Sept. 18...first NFL carry for two yards and first down on 3rd-and-1 during fourth-quarter touchdown drive Oct. 9 at Oakland...53-yard catch to Broncos’ nine set up opening drive TD Oct. 30 at Denver.
COLLEGE: Four-time Academic All-Big Ten (2012-15) and NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2015...helped Badgers to two highest single-season rush averages in school history – 283.8 yards per game in 2013 and school-record 320.1 yards per game in 2014...UW Rookie of Year in 2012...redshirted in 2011...played at Wisconsin from 2012-15...member of school’s Leadership Club...marketing degree.
PERSONAL: Born in Waukesha, Wis. ...USA Today All-America, AP Wisconsin Player of Year, first-team all-state, and conference and county player of year as senior at Pewaukee (Wis.) High...rushed for 2,685 yards and 44 touchdowns...lettered in basketball and track...National Honor Society and academic all-conference.