In the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers selected defensive lineman Isaac Rochell from Notre Dame.
Rochell played in 49 career games for the Fighting Irish. He finished his career with 167 total tackles, 83 solo stops, and 22 TFLs. Rochell got to the quarterback 4.5 times at Notre Dame. The team captain had his most productive season in 2015 when he was fifth on the Irish and tops among all defensive linemen in tackles with 63. His 63 tackles were the most by a Notre Dame defensive lineman since Trevor Laws had 112 in 2007.
First-team Georgia Class A all-state pick by Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He helped Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., to 12-1 record and Georgia Class A private state title in 2012.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Seventh-round pick by Chargers (225th overall), April 29, 2017...signed four-year contract, May 11.
2017: Made his NFL debut in the season-opening contest in Denver...Was released with the return of DT Tenny Palepoi from suspension on Sept. 13...Signed to practice squad on Sept. 14…Signed to active roster on Dec. 12…Appeared in three games, totaling five tackles (four solo), a sack and two tackles for loss…Part of a defensive unit that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL with 43 sacks...at Denver (Sept. 11): Posted a solo tackle in his NFL debut...Contributed on 15 defensive snaps and 10 on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Recorded the first sack of his career, taking down QB Bryce Petty at the end of the first half after collapsing the pocket with DE Joey Bosa and DT Darius Philon…Saw action on 24 defensive snaps and 16 on special teams…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Posted two tackles (one solo) and a tackle for loss, participating on 13 plays on defense and 17 on special teams.
COLLEGE: Played in 49 career games at Notre Dame...recorded 167 tackles with 22 TFL and 4.5 sacks...totaled 55 tackles his senior season...posted 63 tackles as a junior in 2015...the 63 tackles were the most by an Irish defensive lineman since 2007...recorded 2.5 sacks in 2014...named team captain his senior season.
PERSONAL: Ranked 139th player nationally on ESPN 300 list...ranked 127th on 247Sports list of top 247 players...rated 124th on Rivals 250 list...ranked ninth on Rivals.com list of defensive ends... first-team Georgia Class A all-state pick by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...helped Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia, to 12-1 record and Georgia Class A private state title in 2012