In the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected the reigning Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Jatavis Brown from Akron.
Brown was a three-time first-team All-MAC performer for the Zips, in addition to being the conference’s defensive player of the year in 2015. A team captain as a senior, he set school records at Akron for career tackles for loss (41.5) and season tackles for loss (20) and sacks (12). Brown played as a true freshman in 2012 and he finished his career at Akron with 345 tackles, 18 sacks, the 41.5 tackles for loss, 10 forced fumbles and an interception. Brown is the first player from Akron to be drafted by the Chargers.
Brown grew up in Belle Glade, Florida on the same street as Chargers wide receiver and kick returner Travis Benjamin.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fifth-round pick by Chargers (175th overall), April 30, 2016...signed four-year contract, May 10.
COLLEGE: 2015 MAC Defensive Player of Year and team captain, and first-team All-MAC 2013-15...2015 MAC Defensive Player of Week following two sacks, career-high 4.5 TFLs, forced fumble, pass break-up, and first interception of career vs. Miami (Ohio)...two-time Akron Student-Athlete of Week as senior...led team with 116 tackles as senior and set school records for sacks (12) and tackles for loss (20)...MAC East Defensive Player of Week after win over Pittsburgh in 2014...team’s Defensive MVP after team-high 99 tackles and 14.5 TFLs as junior...Fred S. Sefton Defensive MVP after team-high 107 tackles as sophomore in 2013...MAC East Division Defensive Player of Week after two-point win over Toledo in regular-season finale...played at Akron from 2012-15...organizational supervision major.
PERSONAL: Born in South Bay, Florida...Area Defensive Player of Year as senior after leading Glades Central High in Belle Glade, Fla. to undefeated regular season, including five shutouts.