With the second of two picks in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected fullback Derek Watt from Wisconsin.
The younger brother of three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, Derek Watt (6-2, 234) played in 47 games with 24 starts for the Badgers. He rushed 13 times for 60 yards during his career and caught 30 passes for 309 yards and a score. Derek and J.J.’s younger brother, T.J., also plays for the Badgers. Watt was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2012-15) and he was named to the National Football Foundation’s Hampshire Honor Society as a senior in 2015. Derek also played in the same backfield as Chargers running back Melvin Gordon in 2013-14.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick by Chargers (198th overall), April 30, 2016...signed four-year contract, May 10.
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, Wisconsin...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.