Charged Up! Don’t Sleep on this IDP Rookie LB

Chargers Joshua Perry

As our 2016 fantasy football season is starting to feel as if we’re hitting our mid-season stride with drafts and trade negotiations.  Before I continue let me just tell you that this is THEE IDP draft class to load up on in your rookie drafts (hopefully it’s more than five rounds – unless it’s 14+ teams) but there is so much talent to be had and you can stash on your taxi squad.  With that being said, there’ll be a point in your rookie draft *cough* third round *cough* where it’ll start going IDP heavy; there’s one particular IDP rookie lb you must absolutely target with your third round pick (there’s a shot he could make it to the fourth); he goes by the name of Joshua Perry and he’ll be playing ILB for the San Diego Chargers.

Perry hid in the shadows of Bosa and Lee while playing solid ball at OSU and as a Sr. Captain he racked up 105 total tackles (53 solo) & 3.5 sacks in 12 games during their 2015 season.  Per Pro Football Focus College he had the 5th highest overall grade amongst the linebackers (+30.3) while ranking 18th in 2015 (+20.3).

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What’s to like about Perry:

  • has the size and speed, brings production and versatility to the SDC defense
  • is a sure tackler (Dansby-ish) – just 9 missed tackles on 203 attempts
  • able to fill gaps downhill, can drop back into coverage and lay the wood on underneath receivers.
  • able to turn and run with tight ends
  • not flashy but consistent, steady player – underrated

Improvements/Developments through OTA’s and Training Camp:

  • feed off blockers better
  • improve coverage ability with quicker NFL players
  • transition from OLB to ILB in defensive scheme


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The transition to the NFL is tough for rookies but for Perry; having former Buckeye Bosa going through the ropes with him will ease it some.  Perry has already made an impression from rookie minicamp as coaches say he’s steady, reliable player who’ll make plays all over the field.

Joshua Perry brings versatility to the Chargers defense, with his size he can switch to OLB at anytime and his speed will work fine at ILB.  Perry will be expected to penetrate from different points at the line of scrimmage, keep offenses guessing and with 6.5 sacks his last two seasons at OSU we know that Perry has no problem going after the QB.

Perry will be backing up Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman but I have no doubt Perry will push for playing time early with a shot at overtaking Te’o for the starting ILB spot next to sophomore sensation, Perryman.  There’s a thing we call performance and Te’o hasn’t really lived up to expectations, is in his last year of deal and has yet to put together a full season.  This is where Perry enters as the eventual replacement for Te’o, not only that but take the starting job away as I stated that Perry will be this year’s version of Kwon Alexander (one of the top rookie LB’s last year who won a starting job).  He’s going to develop into an impact player that Pagano cannot keep off the field and also will catch your eye as you enter your rookie drafts.

If you miss out on Myles Jack, Reggie Ragland or Darron Lee – don’t even sweat it, just wait it out until he third or maybe even fourth (feel your league out) and you’ll be blessed with 1 of 2 of the “Perry” chaos that’ll help improve a much needed upgrade for the Chargers defense for years.  I have Perry pegged as a Karlos Dansby IDP Profile as his ceiling, has the opportunity to become the Chargers most versatile impact LB.



The Chargers also drafted an under the radar, small school linebacker in Jatavis Brown.  He’s all about making plays anywhere on the field, is a sure tackler as well seemed to rarely miss a tackle when I watched him on film.  He’s physical enough to stay with a TE in coverage and quick enough to cover RB’s, there’s a shot where Brown contributes in dime packages and covers the slot with his sideline to sideline speed.  Jatavis could even become Chargers hybrid defender, a linebacker moving into the strong safety spot – spelling Addae.  The good thing too is Pagano will find ways to get Brown on the field and has the potential to be an every down player, position unknown but for IDP we hope he keeps his LB spot but could have some intriguing value if he gets moved to SS and labeled with DB position.

With that being said, Brown does make an intriguing 5th or 6th round selection in your rookie draft and provides a solid stash for near future production.

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