Photo of Jeremiah Attaochu
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 50
Grade
5.88 ?

Draft Analysis:

"This is why the Chargers moved up. He is the last of the true 3-4 outside linebackers in this draft. Attaochu can play inside or outside or with his hand in the dirt. I love his motor, and he makes plays everywhere." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 252LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands

Overview

Born in Nigeria. Went to high school in Washington D.C. Played his first three seasons as a 3-4 outside linebacker for defensive coordinator Al Groh. As a true freshman in 2010, played 12 games (started Independence Bowl against Air Force) and recorded 23 tackles, four for loss and three sacks. Did not play against Wake Forest (groin). Started all 11 games played in '11, tallying 59-11.5-6 with two pass breakups, an interception and two forced fumbles. Did not play against Maryland and Virginia while nursing a high ankle sprain. Started all 13 games in '12, producing 69-12-10 with a pass breakup and a forced fumble. Did not play against Middle Tennessee State (chest). As a senior in '13, played defensive end in Ted Roof's 4-3 scheme and posted 45-16-12.5 with two passes batted down and a forced fumble. Team captain. Owns Georgia Tech's career sacks record with 31.5, which ranks fifth in ACC history behind Chris Slade, Reinard Wilson, Peter Boulware and Greg Ellis. Did not work out at the combine because of a left finger injury (medical exclusion)

Analysis

Strengths

Good burst off the snap. Heats up the edge and runs the arc. Quick inside move. Disruptive ability. Motor runs hot -- keeps coming after the quarterback and chases hard from the back side. Moves well laterally and can zone drop. Has experience in even and odd fronts, having played defensive end and stand-up linebacker. Power-leverage potential. Mature and intelligent. Cares about the game and prepares like a pro. Arrow pointing up (will be a 21-year-old rookie). Ran extremely well and registered a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump at his pro day.

Weaknesses

Needs to get stronger (opted not to bench at pro-day workout). Gets knocked around at the point of attack. Controlled by larger blockers when they get their hands on him. Still developing pop and violence in his hands. Still learning to incorporate power into his rush (more effortful than powerful). Needs to cultivate his pass-rush arsenal. Marginal 20-yard shuttle time (4.68 seconds), indicating tight hips.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Attaochu is a young, heady, disruptive, relentless edge rusher who profiles as a 3-4 right outside linebacker. Interviewed well and has the look of a trustworthy, long-term starter given his pass-rush ability, motor and makeup. Needs to get stronger, but impressive display of speed, athletic ability and explosion will enhance draft standing.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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