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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jeremiah Attaochu, DE

School: Georgia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Washington, DC
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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05/12/2014 - For the second straight draft, general manager Tom Telesco peddled a fourth-round pick to improve his standing in the second round. And once again it was for a linebacker. Last year it was for an inside linebacker in Manti Te'o and this year it was for an outside one in Jerry Attaochu. "He's a player we had targeted for a long time and actually targeted much higher," Telesco said of the Georgia Tech star. "We just felt we had to go get him. He brings a lot of energy to our defense." Attaochu also brings a strong knowledge of the scheme the Chargers employ. He played in a 3-4 alignment, like the Chargers use, for the Yellow Jackets. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 1/50 -- Jerry Attaochu, OLB, 6-3, 252, Georgia Tech...The Chargers surrendered a fourth-round pick to move up seven slots to secure Attaochu. He exited Georgia Tech as its all-time leader with 31.5 sacks and will be asked to find the quarterback for the Chargers. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 69/6. Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 252, 4.60, 2-3...A native of Nigeria, Attaochu saw time at inside linebacker, outside linebacker and showed great versatility. At the Senior Bowl, he looked decent rushing from a three-point stance, but seemed lost in space when he played off the line in 4-3 setup. Plays with intensity that sometimes leads him to abandon discipline. Collected 12.5 sacks in 2013 and his career total of 31.5 is a school record. Frankly: Can base his career on pass-rush ability alone as defensive end or OLB in the right scheme. If he manages to become more comfortable and consistent doing other things that will be a plus. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 38. Jeremiah Attaochu OLB, Georgia Tech (6-3, 252, 4.68, SR)...A productive collegiate player, Attaochu has seen time at defensive end and linebacker at Georgia Tech, but projects best as a stand-up rusher in a 3-4 defense. He has the athleticism and determination to make an instant impact. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the New York Jets' draft radar: OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech: Few players enjoy career-seasons 11 years into their NFL career but that is precisely what Calvin Pace accomplished for the Jets a season ago, notching 10 sacks, second only to Muhammad Wilkerson's 10.5. For his efforts the Jets rewarded Pace with a two-year deal in March and boast 2012 first round Quinton Coples on the other side. If the Jets want reinforcements at the position, they may need to spend an early pick as rush linebacker lacks the depth of receiver or offensive tackle. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Attaochu is well-versed in rushing the passer after starring in Tech's 3-4 scheme but remains a bit rough around the edges, too often biting on fakes and needing to improve his strength to rip through blocks. He has the long arms and explosive burst worthy of developing, however, and would offer nice value at the mid-way point in the second round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Philadelphia's draft radar: OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech: One could argue that the Eagles biggest need on draft weekend is an impact pass rusher and Attaochu fits the bill. He has experience in both a 3-4 and 4-3, rushing from a two and three point stance in college, and holds the Georgia Tech record for career sacks (31.5). Attaochu is very active and disruptive, using his athleticism, motor and instincts to win off the edge, collapsing inside or whatever way possible. He's still unrefined in several areas, but has some untapped potential, just turning 21 years old and not playing the sport until high school. If Attaochu is still around in the second round, the Eagles shouldn't pass on him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 252, 4.68, 2...A native of Nigeria, Attaochu saw time at inside linebacker, outside linebacker and showed great versatility. At the Senior Bowl, he looked decent rushing from a three-point stance, but seemed lost in space when he played off the line in 4-3 setup. Plays with intensity that sometimes leads him to abandon discipline. Collected 12.5 sacks in 2013 and his career total of 31.5 is a school record. Frankly: Can base his career on pass-rush ability alone as defensive end or OLB in the right scheme. If he manages to become more comfortable and consistent doing other things that will be a plus. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/03/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...4. Healthy and movin' up. Due to a partially torn hamstring, Georgia Tech pass rusher Jeremiah Attaochu didn't work out at the NFL combine last month, but was good-to-go on Friday for Georgia Tech's pro day. And, as expected, he was impressive. Attaochu ran his 40-yard dash times in the late 4.5, early 4.6 range with a 37.5-inch vertical jump, 4.64 short shuttle and 7.28 three cone drill. His 1.55 10-yard split would have ranked him tops among all linebackers at the combine.

Attaochu, who was born in Nigeria before moving to the Washington, D.C., area, set the Georgia Tech all-time record for career sacks (31.5) and continues to be one of the more underrated prospects in this class. 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. 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. In the late first or early second round, Attaochu is going to make a team that implements a 3-4 defense very happy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/22/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday: OLBs Attaochu, Van Noy step up to pressure...A handful of under-the-radar defenders helped their cause during this morning's practice. It was a pair of well-known linebackers -- Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu and BYU's Kyle Van Noy -- who stood out this afternoon. Attaochu starred as a pass rusher with the Yellow Jackets, lining up as a stand-up outside linebacker and occasionally attacking the edge as a defensive end. In Mobile, however, the Jaguars' coaches have asked him to play virtually all over the field, including at inside linebacker, outside linebacker and rush from a three-point stance. Not surprisingly, Attaochu showed his greatest comfort when rushing the quarterback, demonstrating burst, agility and a powerful slap-and-sidestep to get past would-be blockers.

Asked to play off the line of scrimmage as a traditional strongside linebacker in the Jaguars' 4-3 alignment, however, Attaochu also has shown improved recognition and gap integrity against the run, as well as patience when dropping back into coverage. On Monday, Attaochu looked like a fish out of water dropping back. Today, when running backs came into his zone, Attaochu ran with them, closing as the ball arrived and showing quick hands to rip at the ball as it arrived. Scouts knew the 6-foot-3, 253-pound Attoachu was athletic; this week he's also shown football intelligence and work ethic. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/30/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaouchu has been a terror for opposing offenses this season. He was on the Bronco Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list and has been almost impossible to block on the edge, ending the regular season with 12 sacks and recording 15.5 tackles for losses. Ole Miss' offensive line is decent, but it's had its problems at times keeping defenders out of the backfield. The Rebels have allowed 25 sacks, tied for the fourth-most in the SEC, and Attaouchu will have his chances to disrupt Wallace and the Rebels' passing game. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DE-Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr., Georgia Tech (29)...Attaochu enjoyed one of the best Novembers of any defensive player in college football. He has 10.0 sacks over the last five games, including a career-high 4.0 sacks against Georgia in the regular season finale - the third-most single-game sacks in Yellow Jacket history. His 12.0 sacks this season are the sixth-most in Tech history, and he enters the postseason tied with Greg Gathers (31.0 career sacks) for the most career sacks in school history. - Georgia Tech football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 242, Sr., Washington, D.C. (121)...Attaochu earned second team All-ACC honors after being selected honorable mention in both 2011 and 2012. The Washington (DC) product is the first Tech defender to earn All-ACC honors since linebacker Julian Burnett was named second team in 2011, and Attaochu is the first Yellow Jacket defensive end to be named to the team since Derrick Morgan was a first-team selection in 2009.

Attaochu enjoyed one of the best Novembers of any defensive player in college football. He has 10.0 sacks over the last five games, including a career-high 4.0 sacks against Georgia in the regular season finale - the third-most single-game sacks in Yellow Jacket history. His 12.0 sacks this season are the sixth-most in Tech history, and he enters the postseason tied with Greg Gathers (31.0 career sacks) for the most career sacks in school history. - Georgia Tech football

12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C.,...Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks - the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history - in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history. - ACC football

11/21/2013 - NFL DRAFT WEEK 12 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech...Despite giving up 55 points to Clemson last Thursday night, Georgia Tech's defense showed off several future NFL draft picks, most notably Attaochu who is in the midst of an All-ACC senior season. He put consistent pressure on Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd most of the game, finishing with two sacks and five tackles. A hybrid rusher in Georgia Tech's 4-3 defense, Attaochu will line up in a two- and three-point stance and is active with stunts and creative rushes to find ways to get to the pocket.

Against Clemson he displayed his quick first step, athletic movements and alert awareness to swiftly react and make plays, using his natural dip and bend to get around blockers. Attaochu, who needs just 3.5 sacks to break the Georgia Tech career record of 31, will struggle to keep himself clean at contact, but he's a tough guy to slow down with his relentless momentum to fight through the trash and arrive at the ballcarrier. He's not a player you will see in a lot of first round mock drafts, but I like his chances to be a second day prospect who will appeal to NFL teams that utilize 3-4 defenses. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/02/2013 - Robert Godhigh ran for two touchdowns, Georgia Tech's defense recorded a season-high five sacks and the Yellow Jackets beat Pittsburgh 21-10 on Saturday night. Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had constant pressure on Pitt quarterback Tom Savage. Jeremiah Attaochu had two sacks and Jabari Hunt-Days had a sack and three tackles for losses in the Yellow Jackets' third straight win.

Pitt (4-4, 2-3 ACC) was held without a first down in the first quarter and managed only 55 total yards in the first half. Savage threw a 12-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd on the Panthers' first possession of the second half, cutting Georgia Tech's lead to 14-10. Vad Lee's 42-yard pass to DeAndre Smelter set up Godhigh's second touchdown run, from 11 yards, with less than 3 minutes remaining. David Sims had a touchdown run for Georgia Tech. Lee completed 5 of 10 passes for 84 yards - with exactly half of the production coming on the late pass to Smelter. Lee had 17 carries for 44 yards. - AP Sports

09/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Jeremiah Attaochu had one tackle for loss and one sack against North Carolina. He also drew a holding penalty that negated a long touchdown pass and prevented the Tar Heels from stretching a lead. That was his first sack of the year, giving him 20 for his career. He will be expected to put some head on Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The defense must get better. It was horrible at times last year, allowing 28.3 points, 144 yards rushing and 229 yards passing per game. The defense allowed 49 in the embarrassing home loss to Middle Tennessee, 47 at Clemson (the game that cost coordinator Al Groh his job), 50 against North Carolina (a game Tech won) and 42 against Georgia.

Defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu (6-3, 240, Sr.) was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end when the Yellow Jackets switched back to a 4-3 defense. The move will give Attaochu a chance to use his ability rush the quarterback and cause havoc. He could be the pass rusher that the defense has been missing for many years. "Improvements are already starting to show," he said. He is among 22 preseason candidates on the watchlist for the Ted Hendricks Award for best defensive end. - The Sports Xchange

08/14/2013 - 2013 TED HENDRICKS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech,...It's been a noteworthy preseason for Attaochu, who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end in the spring as the Yellow Jackets switched to the 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator Ted Roof. Attaochu is on the preseason watch list for five national individual awards and he was Tech's lone representative on the preseason All-ACC team. - Georgia Tech football

08/10/2013 - TOP GEORGIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (6-2, 240, 4.64)...A native of Nigeria, Attaochu started the past two seasons as a stand-up pass rush linebacker in Georgia Tech's 3-4 defense, but will transition to more of a traditional defensive end role in Georgia Tech's new 4-3 scheme. He was one of only three ACC players with double-digit sacks in 2012, leading the team with 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss and earning All-ACC honorable mention honors.

Attaochu looks the part with an athletic build and long arms, using his range to make plays all over the field. He has good get-off quickness with the chase skills to track down the ballcarrier from behind and finish. 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. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

08/10/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, one of Tech's all-time sack leaders, opted to return for his senior season rather than go to the NFL. He has 19 sacks, tied for eighth on Tech's all-time list with current Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson. - The Sports Xchange

07/25/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): DE Jeremiah Attaochu, GT, (39), Sr., Washington, D.C.,...The 6-3, 242-pound Washington, D.C., native, who has played linebacker for Tech the last three years, was named to the team as a defensive end, a position he moved to during the Yellow Jackets' spring practice.

Expected to be one of the top defenders and pass rushers in the ACC, Attaochu enters the 2013 season with 19 career sacks, which ranks eighth in Georgia Tech history. His 27.5 career tackles for loss rank 21st in Tech history. Top Four in Voting By Position: Defensive End: 1. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT (39)...2. Kareem, Martin, UNC (37)...3. James Gayle, VT (20)...4. Mario Edwards, FSU (10). - Georgia Tech football

07/15/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech...Attaochu, who moved in the spring from outside linebacker to defensive end, enters the 2013 season with 19.0 career sacks, which ranks tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history. His 27.5 career tackles for loss rank 21st in Tech history. He has played in 36 career games with 24 starts. Attaochu is on the preseason watch list for four national awards - the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Butkus Award. - Georgia Tech football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, DL...Attaochu, who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end in the spring, enters his final season with 19.0 career sacks (tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history) and 27.5 tackles for loss. The senior from Washington, D.C., is a two-time All-ACC selection. In addition to the Nagurski watch list, Attaochu is a first team All-ACC pick by Phil Steele's magazine and is on the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award (top defensive player). - Georgia Tech football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech...Attaochu enters his final season with 19.0 career sacks (tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history) and 27.5 tackles for loss. - Georgia Tech football

07/15/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech...Attaochu, who moved from outside linebacker to defensive end in the spring, enters his final season with 19.0 career sacks (tied for eighth in Georgia Tech history) and 27.5 tackles for loss. - Georgia Tech football

 
Player News
05/12/2014 - For the second straight draft, general manager Tom Telesco peddled a fourth-round pick to improve his standing in the second round. And once again it was for a linebacker. Last year it was for an inside linebacker in Manti Te'o and this year it was for an outside one in Jerry Attaochu. "He's a player we had targeted for a long time and actually targeted much higher," Telesco said of the Georgia Tech star. "We just felt we had to go get him. He brings a lot of energy to our defense." Attaochu also brings a strong knowledge of the scheme the Chargers employ. He played in a 3-4 alignment, like the Chargers use, for the Yellow Jackets. - The Sports Xchange
 

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