OB JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU, GEORGIA TECH

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6’3” – 242 lbs. – 4.75e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 23 – 4.0 – 3.0, 1 QBH
2011: 59 – 11.5 – 6.0, 2 FF, 2 PD, 1 INT
2012: 69 – 12.0 – 10.0, 2 QBH, 1 FF, 1 PD
2013: 45 – 16.0 – 12.5, 3 QBH, 1 FF, 2 PD

OVERVIEW:

Started the bowl game in his freshman season, playing in twelve games overall. Started ten of eleven games as a sophomore in 2011, missing two due to injury but leading his team in sacks. Started thirteen games as a junior, missing the game against Middle Tennessee St. due to injury. Transitioned to defensive end as a senior, being named a first-team all-conference pick.

POSITIVES:

•    Started at Georgia Tech for three seasons, escalating his production in each campaign.
•    Adequate height and relatively long limbs; has gained nearly twenty pounds in school.
•    Played outside linebacker prior to 2013, then transitioned to defensive end as a senior.
•    Aggressive player who demonstrates a solid motor, generally active hand use to shed.
•    Is able to get some push on his bull rush despite being undersized for an edge rusher.
•    Mixes in outside and inside moves, typically inside but can also dip the shoulder a bit.
•    Also has some experience dropping into coverage and working on special teams units.
•    Remembers to get his hands up against the pass when unable to reach quarterbacks.

NEGATIVES:

•    Will need to add ten to fifteen pounds of bulk before being able to play in a 3-4 defense.
•    Probably limited to playing linebacker in a 3-4, dramatically undersized for a 4-3 end.
•    Tends to crash down on the line versus the rush, is susceptible to tosses and sweeps.
•    Can be controlled by offensive linemen in the run game, too small to anchor in the NFL.
•    Doesn’t close particularly quickly in situations where he’s got a clear path to the passer.
•    Pad level/response to snap are usually okay but inconsistent on a play-by-play basis.
•    Aggressiveness can work against him, jumps offsides at times trying to anticipate snap.

SUMMARY:

Attaochu has been productive rushing the passer over the past three seasons, as an aggressive rusher who mixes in different moves but is probably best in terms of bull rushing, dipping the shoulder, or bending the edge, which could allow him to contribute in a rotational capacity, especially for a smaller 3-4 front. However, at this point he is not a particularly effective run defender owing to his lack of bulk/anchor strength and a tendency to crash down on the line rather than setting an edge and redirecting the ball back inside. It’s hard to argue with his resume, but he has the look of a fairly aggressive rusher on passing downs for now.

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