In the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected two-time All-Big Ten linebacker Joshua Perry from Ohio State.
A 6-4, 253 pound first-team All-Big Ten selection as a senior at Ohio State, Perry is expected to contribute at inside linebacker and on special teams. He was a teammate of Chargers first-round pick defensive end Joey Bosa and a member of the Buckeyes’ 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship team. Perry played as a true freshman in 2012 and finished his career with 298 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
Perry graduated with a degree in consumer and family financial services. In 2015, he was a finalist for two coveted community awards — the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Senior CLASS Award. Perry works closely with the Autism Speaks Foundation, as his younger brother, Jahred, has a mild form of autism. Perry also has spent time with young cancer patients and in 2015, he visited Costa Rica and helped deliver shoes to children from deprived neighborhoods.
Perry’s older brother, Wes, is a jazz musician. He lives in Long Beach, Calif. and is a graduate student at Long Beach State University.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Fourth-round pick by Chargers (102nd overall), April 30, 2016...signed four-year contract, May 10.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America, first-team All-Big Ten and co-captain as senior...played in 52 games with 39 starts during career...team-leading 124 tackles (2nd in Big Ten) and second-team All-Big-Ten during 2014 national championship campaign...named to Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2015...played at Ohio State from 2012-15...degree in consumer and family financial services.
PERSONAL: Born in Nashville, Tennessee...second-team all-state as senior at Olentangy High in Lewis Center, Ohio...two-time top-five finisher in long jump at state track and field championships, including runner-up finish as sophomore in 2010...lettered in basketball.