NFL Draft: Ohio State's Joshua Perry Is Off the Board

Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry has been selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the NFL draft.

LB Joshua Perry: Drafted

Round 4, Pick 102


Team: San Diego Chargers


Bio Info

Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy



4.68 40

33 7/8-inch arm length

10 1/4-inch hands

10-3 broad jump

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings

Four-star prospect

No. 7 outside linebacker

No. 75 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: Perry, who was the first commit of the 2012 recruiting class, slid into a starting spot as the strong-side linebacker as a sophomore in 2013 and never looked back, becoming one of the Buckeyes' trusted leaders on and off the field in the process. That season Perry played in 13 games (10 starts) and finished fourth on the team with 64 total tackles, including two tackles for loss. One of his biggest plays came in Ohio State's Orange Bowl loss to Clemson when Perry sacked quarterback Tajh Boyd for a safety. Perry also played as a true freshman in 2012 after enrolling early and finished his debut season with fie tackles.

Perry played in all 15 of Ohio State's 2014 season and helped the Buckeyes win three postseason games on their way to a national title. He led the team with 124 total tackles – good for second in the Big Ten – and was named second team all-conference in the process. He had a career-high 18 tackles in Ohio State's double-overtime win over Penn State.

After the Buckeyes' championship run, Perry returned for his senior season and was named first team All-Big Ten by the coaches (second by the media) and was a Lott IMPACT award finalist after posting 105 total tackles. In honor of his character, Perry was also named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS award.

Perry Says: “I guess you want to get down to production because every team is looking for productive guys. We played on a fast defense with some really good athletes out there, but I think people kind of undersell my athleticism a little bit.”

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