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Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller "has great upside potential," writes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Waller is an athletic freak who runs a 4.54 forty. "Is Darren Waller the next big time receiver prospect from Georgia Tech?" Pauline rhapsodized. "From a mesurables point he’s similar to Calvin Johnson though not as fast and that’s where the similarities end. Waller shows flashes rather than dominance. He has great upside potential but one must wonder how much his game will develop in the Yellow Jackets offense." Waller led Yellow Jacket wide receivers with 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 2013. Pauline allots Waller a sixth-round preseason grade.
Aug 17 - 10:01 PM

Georgia Tech senior WR Darren Waller is a "huge and athletic" receiver, writes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot-5, 232-pound Waller runs a 4.54 forty. "Demonstrates soft hands, tracks the ball well vertically and is naturally a contender for any jump ball," Stephens wrote. "Faces a two game suspension to start 2014 after violating team rules, so he'll need to maximize every opportunity in 2014 to showcase his ability to NFL scouts considering the Yellow Jackets' limited pass, run-heavy Flexbone offense." Waller led Yellow Jacket wide receivers with 17 receptions for 367 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 11 - 10:15 PM

CBS Sports' Derek Stephens believes Georgia Tech senior LB Quayshawn Nealy is a "versatile, smart, active and tough competitor who gives you a little bit of everything."

"He can play the run, drop into coverage (6 career INTs) or rush the passer, and is one of the more experienced linebackers in the ACC with 32 career starts," Stephens wrote. "Isn't the eye-popping athlete that teams look for in the upper rounds of the draft, but could potentially be a David Hawthorne type of prospect who makes a roster on toughness, instincts and versatility." The 6-foot, 236-pounder runs a 4.82 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 11 - 9:59 PM

Georgia Tech senior OG Shaquille Mason "has overcome size limitations to become an intriguing prospect to watch leading up to the draft," wrote CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder earned All-ACC First-Team accolades last season. "Mason has utilized leverage, quickness and impressive instincts to take on bigger ACC defenders and more than hold his own, since initially cracking the lineup as a true freshman in 2011," Stephens wrote. "His reliance on technique to stay grounded is certainly something to watch in 2014 though, as he does get overpowered at times when coming off the snap too high, and he struggles to disengage occasionally when asked to change stations or pickup a blitz." Mason has started 26 career games. "When it comes to interior linemen, NFL teams love quick, athletic guards like Mason," Stephens wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 11 - 7:36 PM

Georgia Tech senior S Isaiah Johnson has the traits of a starting NFL safety, believes CBS Sports' Derek Stephens.

The senior sat out all of last season with a knee injury. "Johnson may not be a flashy safety, but he's an underrated athlete with desirable size and good speed who plays physical in the box and demonstrates good instincts both in coverage and against the run," Stephens wrote. "He redirects well, has a strong first-step downhill and plays physical while maintaining good technique as a tackler. And although he's not a vacuum, Johnson has been a better-than-fair playmaker as a pass defender with five career interceptions including two that were returned for touchdowns. He's also been a Dean's list student and has been active in his community, so he comes with desirable character qualities." Johnson led the Yellow Jackets in tackles as a junior in 2012.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 11 - 6:21 PM

Georgia Tech redshirt junior DE Jimmie Kitchen has been indefinitely suspended and is expected to transfer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Journal-Constitution noted that the suspension is "not believed to be due to a legal offense or failed drug test." No further explanation has been given. The 2011 two-star recruit was a "key part of the defensive line rotation who has battled nagging injuries," according to Georgia Tech's bio page.
Jun 18 - 9:49 PM

Vikings selected Georgia Tech LB Brandon Watts with the No. 223 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Watts (6-foot-1 3/4, 225) ran a scintillating 4.41 forty at the Yellow Jackets' Pro Day while posting a 37.5-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. He's a light sideline-to-sideline linebacker who profiles as a weak-side 'backer in a 4-3 scheme. Initially, Watts will try to earn a roster spot by covering kicks.
May 10 - 5:51 PM

Patriots selected Georgia Tech DB Jemea Thomas with the No. 206 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Thomas (5-foot-9 1/8, 192) made 29 starts for the Yellow Jackets, playing safety and corner and essentially filling a "rover" role as a senior. He finished his career with nine interceptions. Thomas ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump, demonstrating explosive lower-body movement. A striker in the run game, Thomas is somewhat speed deficient and isn't build ideally for any particular position. He's just a good football player, and should help on special teams right away.
May 10 - 5:06 PM

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

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'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

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