A fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Joshua Perry was the Chargers’ leading tackler on special teams as a rookie. The former two-time All-Big Ten performer from Ohio State played in 15 games and made one start.
Perry and defensive end Joey Bosa were teammates on Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team.
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 visited Costa Rica in 2015, helping 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.
2016: Season-high six stops Jan. 1 vs. Kansas City.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-America, first-team All-Big Ten and co-captain as senior...finished career with 298 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 18 TFLs...played in 52 career games with 39 starts...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, Tenn. ...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.