In the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Chargers selected tackle Sam Tevi (Tevv-ee) out of Utah.
Tevi started his career as a defensive tackle before earning the starting nod for the Utes on the offensive line.
Started all 13 games at left tackle in 2015 and 11 games at right tackle in 2016. Lettered as a true freshman, finding time on special teams and along the defensive line where he recorded nine tackles, two for a loss and a sack.
Was named to the 2012 Star-Telegram Super Team second-team defense. His senior season he recorded 56 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 8.0 TFLs. Earned four letters in football, three in track and two in basketball Tevi also played volleyball. Earned his degree in sociology.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick by Chargers (191st overall), April 29, 2017...signed four-year contract, May 11.
2017: Inactive for the first two contests of the season and appeared in 14 others, including his first career start at LT…at Denver (Sept. 11): Inactive (healthy scratch)…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Made his NFL debut, appearing on two special teams plays…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Saw action on four special teams snaps…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Appeared on five plays on special teams…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Played four snaps on special teams…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Saw the first action on offense of his career, taking part in one snap on offense and three on special teams…at New England (Oct. 29): Appeared on seven snaps on special teams…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Played seven plays on special teams and three on offense…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Saw the most extensive action of his career on offense to that point, participating on 22 offensive snaps and 14 on special teams…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Participated on eight special teams plays…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Saw action on nine snaps on special teams…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Played 13 snaps at LT in relief of T Russell Okung due to a mid-game injury before returning…Added eight snaps on special teams…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Saw action at LT, playing 24 offensive snaps and seven on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at LT for the first start of his career, playing all 73 snaps on offense and adding three on special teams…Provided time for QB Philip Rivers to pass Hall of Fame QB John Elway (4,123) for eighth on the all-time completions list, finishing 22-of-40 passing (55.0 pct.) for 290 yards and a TD (86.5 passer rating)…It marked Rivers’ ninth 4,000-yard season of his career, becoming the fourth player in NFL history to achieve 4,000 yards in nine-plus seasons (Peyton Manning with 14, Drew Brees with 12 and Tom Brady with nine)…Blocked for RB Melvin Gordon to post 81 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries (4.3 avg.) and haul in three catches for 47 yards (15.7 avg.), allowing Gordon to surpass 1,000 rushing yards for the first season of his career…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Saw action on nine special teams snaps.
COLLEGE: Two-year starting offensive tackle began his career as a defensive tackle…invited to the East-West Shrine Game...played and started in 11 games at right tackle in 2016...started all 13 games at left tackle in 2015...started off career on defensive line... tallied nine tackles with two TFL and one sack as a freshman in 2013.
PERSONAL: 2012 Star-Telegram Super Team second-team defense…first-team All-District in 2011 and 2012... 56 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 8.0 TFL in 2012... helped Trinity High in Euless, Texas, to the area championship…won four letters in football, three in track and two in basketball…also played volleyball...has two brothers and five sisters.