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Jeremiah Attaochu | Defensive End

Team: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235

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Chargers selected Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu with the No. 50 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Attaochu (6-foot-3 1/4, 252) left Georgia Tech ranked first in school history in sacks (31.5) and sixth in tackles for loss (43.5). Still only 21 -- he turned in late January -- Attaochu is a native Nigerian with experience at both 3-4 outside linebacker and 4-3 end. Attaochu got lost in the shuffle a bit during the pre-draft process when he tore his right hamstring at the Senior Bowl, but rebounded at the Yellow Jackets' Pro Day with 4.58 and 4.63 forties, to go with a 37 1/2-inch vertical. Even if he's a tad light, Attaochu is an explosive speed rusher with impressive film. He projects as an early-career impact edge disruptor. He'll team up with Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram with the Bolts to harass opposing quarterbacks. May 9 - 8:38 PM

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Georgia Tech DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu has an upcoming visit planned with the Redskins.

Attaochu (6-foot-3, 252 pounds) showed at Georgia Tech that he can get into the backfield as a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB, so scheme fit might not be as important for him as some think. Attaochu isn't good in coverage, but teams should only be viewing him as the straight pass rusher that he is. The Skins don't pick until No. 34, and we think Attaochu will be gone by then.
Apr 20 - 7:30 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell sees Georgia Tech DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu as a superior prospect to Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford.

"I like that kid, and in fact I may be in the minority, I like him as a better prospect as an outside linebacker than Dee Ford," Cosell said. Attaochu, whom ESPN's Todd McShay calls the draft's most underrated player, played more linebacker prior to last season, but 2013 saw his responsibilities scaled back to wreaking havoc on quarterbacks. Georgia Tech as the school's all-time leader in sacks generally succeeded in that capacity. Attaochu, like Ford, will be an OLB at the next level.
Apr 10 - 10:06 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay believes Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu has the most upside among all back seven players.

"He does not have that great playing background like a lot of players, a late bloomer," McShay begins. "He had 10.5 sacks in his final six games, four against Georgia... I love watching this guy player. He has got the violence, the temperament, flying all over the field, can bend the edge. I think he is the most underrated player in this entire draft." Attaochu played more of a linebacker role prior to this season, but in 2013 his responsibilities were scaled back and he was asked to disrupt the backfield. He did so at a consistent rate.
Source: ESPN
Mar 31 - 9:49 AM

Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu "jumped out" in a film study conducted by ESPN.com's Kevin Weidl.

"He has very good snap anticipation and flashes an explosive first step," Weidl wrote. "In addition, Attaochu has exceptional torso flexibility to bend the edge and can generate power through his hips to finish at the top of his rush. He also has an effective inside-changeup move in his arsenal. Attaochu changes directions quickly back inside and flashes explosive acceleration coming out of his redirect to get home and generate pressure." The report is also glowing with regards to Attaochu's work ethic, character and intelligence. "Attaochu, along with Boise State DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, who also has quality tape, could be viable options in the early-to-mid second round for teams like the Jets, Cardinals or Chargers, who all are looking to upgrade their edge pass rush," Weidl wrote.
Mar 30 - 11:07 PM

Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu is "going to make a team that implements a 3-4 defense very happy," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Attaochu, who tore his right hamstring during the Senior Bowl and was forced out of the combine, is coming off an impressive pro day workout on Friday in which he ran a forty in the 4.5 range. In addition, his 1.55 10-yard split would have ranked No. 1 amongst linebackers at the combine. "He's extremely active, using his athleticism, motor and heady instincts to win off the edge, collapse inside or find the quarterback whichever way possible," Brugler wrote. "Attaochu is still unrefined in some areas, something he also showed during his pro day performance, but there is definitely some untapped potential there as a 21-yeard old who didn't start playing football until high school." Attaochu, Georgia Tech's all-time leader in career sacks (31.5), was born in Nigeria.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 30 - 10:14 PM

Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu ran a forty in the 4.5 range at Friday's pro day.

Attaochu showed off his versatility for scouts, working out as both a linebacker and defensive linemen. Attaochu tore his right hamstring during the Senior Bowl, an injury that forced him out of the combine. "I think I did great," Attaochu said. "I think I surprised myself a little bit. I had an injury. I rehabbed the injury and I was still able to run (the 40-yard dash) pretty good. I was in the 4.5s everywhere." Attaochu is Rotoworld's No. 28 overall player.
Mar 28 - 9:09 PM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl is "fairly high" on Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu.

"Attaochu has impressive flexibility/bend off the edge," Weidl tweeted. "Generates power through hips to finish at the top of his rush. ... Attaochu also has an effective inside change up. Quick redirect and flashes an explosive closing burst. Plays his tail off on tape as well." Attaochu has also drawn the eye of Rotoworld draft analyst Josh Norris, who ranks the defensive end No. 28 overall due to his burst and strong hands.
Mar 23 - 8:04 PM

Georgia Tech edge player Jeremiah Attaochu will not workout at the Combine due to an injured hamstring.

In fact, the hamstring was partially torn. "The hamstring has pretty much forced him to focus on his rehab instead of focusing on his (combine preparation)," agent Pat Dye said. He suffered the injury at the Senior Bowl. The Yellow Jacket is also dealing with a wrist injury. Attaochu is a favorite of Josh Norris thanks to his burst and strong hands, but Norris does not want teams to give the edge player too many responsibilities. Keep it simple during the early stages of his career.
Feb 20 - 10:07 AM

Georgia head coach Mark Richt called Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu "as good as anybody we've played at that edge rush position."

Attaochu has spent time as a stand up and hand in the dirt rusher this season, but instead of dropping ton coverage he has been asked to get into the backfield. We think Attaochu was thinking to much last year due to more onfield responsibility. This season, however, he has impressed with his athleticism.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:53:00 AM

Georgia Tech OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu has been invited to the Senior Bowl.

Attaochu is listed as a defensive end by the event, which is notable since he will be participating in pass rush drills. The Senior Bowl has traditionally pigeonholed prospects into certain positions, and we think Attaochu offers the most impact early in his career as a speed rusher off the edge.
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 04:09:00 PM

Georgia Tech senior OLB Jeremiah Attaochu was given a late round grade by NFL scouts, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Jeremiah is "underrated but no wow factor...playing DE in 2013 will hurt his stock," Pauline tweeted. We think Attaochu is a solid athlete, but he lacks awareness in the open field and wastes too many steps. He could be a breakout candidate as a pass rusher, however.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 11:38:00 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes senior LB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu is Georgia Tech's top prospect.

After spending the last two seasons as a stand-up pass rusher, Attaochu will move to defensive end this year. "He has good get-off quickness with the chase skills to track down the ballcarrier from behind and finish," Brugler writes. "Attaochu is a fiery player with a violent temperament, but needs to keep his wits on the field and control his intensity. He will bite hard on play fakes and get grabby in coverage, but Attachou has an impressive blend of athleticism and strength to work off blocks and battle through the whistle."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Jun 11, 2013 11:19:00 AM

Georgia Tech senior LB Jeremiah Attaochu is listed at No. 20 on Scouts Inc. analyst Todd McShay's initial rankings.

"Attaochu is flying under the radar, but he has the build, torso flexibility and body control when bending the edge to develop into an impact pass-rusher in the NFL," McShay writes. "He recorded 10 sacks last season." There's a lot of natural aggression and talent to Attaochu's game, but that can get him out of position.
Source: ESPN
Thu, May 2, 2013 11:04:00 AM

Georgia Tech junior LB Jeremiah Attaochu announced he will return for his senior season.

Attaochu is a very athletic linebacker but lacks technique and awareness against the run. In coverage the junior gets sucked in too often and is sometimes lost in space, but the Yellow Jacket has natural ability. Attaochu could take the next step in 2013.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 03:50:00 PM