Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech #45
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Size/Athleticism: Adequate overall size. Relatively long arms. Impressively straight line speed and shows quality overall athleticism. Looks very fluid in his movements and has the agility to give offensive linemen issues as an edge-rusher.
Run Defense: Impressive balance and change of direction ability for his size allows him to adjust and make plays in pursuit. Does a great job working through traffic in pursuit. Struggles to anchor at the point of attack. May be a liability in this area if he lands in a 4-3 scheme.
Pass Rush: Quick first step off the edge. Strong enough to bull-rush and shed blocks. Impressive burst and acceleration. Closes quickly and can deliver a big hit on the quarterback. Doesn’t show many pass-rush moves, relies on his ability to win with speed. Can shed blocks and gives a great second effort but needs to develop a repertoire of moves. Surprisingly effective blitzing on the inside—hits gaps quickly and has the power and balance to work through off-balance attempts from blockers.
Coverage: Limited experience dropping into zone coverage. Can drop and cover a short area but will struggle in man assignments. Likely not be asked to drop often at next level.
Intangibles: Born in Nigeria. Has a reputation as a hard worker.
Durability: Missed one game in 2012 with an undisclosed injury. Missed time with a leg injury in 2011. Suffered a hamstring injury during the Senior Bowl which prevented him from working out at the combine.
Comments: Attaochu doesn’t really have first-round talent in any one area, but he’s extremely solid across the board. His second effort as a pass-rusher is among the best in this class, as he consistently disengages and comes back with a nice burst. His ability to accelerate and generate momentum in tight spaces gives him potential to be a disruptive force in the backfield. He probably fits best in a 3-4 scheme, but has experience playing with his hand on the ground also.