Jeremiah Attaochu Scouting Report

 

Position: DE/OLB

College: Georgia Tech

Height: 6’3” Weight: 252

Arm Length: 32 7/8

Wing Span: 81 1/4

Class: Senior

 

Jeremiah Attaochu is a guy I’ve seen mentioned around the second or third round in most of the mock drafts.  The Defensive End/Outside Linebacker from Georgia Tech played in 49 games during his career, starting 37 of them.  He finished his career with 196 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 43.5 TFL’s, four forced fumbles and one interception.

Where He Excels

  • Ball Awareness
  • Agility
  • Pass Rush

One of the first things that really stood out to me was the fact that Attaochu never gives up on a play (Vine). Many times he would pursue the play all the way until the whistle, which is something not everyone does.  There were occasions when this would really pay off and he would come up with a big stop or impact play.  Didn’t see any examples of him “taking a play off” or just going through the motions.  He shows great instincts to diagnose the play and react accordingly (Vine Vine2).  There were numerous plays where he recognized a screen was being ran and either made the tackle quickly or knocked the ball away. He demonstrates an underrated ability when it comes to stopping the run game as well, as demonstrated in this Vine.

When rushing the passer (his most natural position) he is really able to demonstrate his great agility/speed.  So many times he is able to get the edge on the offensive tackle or tight end by utilizing his great initial burst and speed (Vine Vine2).  Once he has the offensive player beat on the edge he possesses great agility/bend to get directly to the quarterback and not get washed out of the play (Vine).  Many guys can do one or the either, but not both with the proficiency that Jeremiah can.  Also, he runs stunts with great efficiency utilizing his burst/speed to get through the line and attack the ball carrier.  I saw many occasions where he was also able to use his strength to bull rush straight through a tight end or running back with ease (Vine Vine2).

What He Needs to Work On

  • Getting Arms Up
  • Staying Low/Keeping position

There were a few things I noticed that stuck out to me as things he will need to work on.  The biggest was getting his arms up when the quarterback is passing the ball.  Numerous times I saw him rushing in to hit the quarterback and when the ball was obviously about to be thrown he wouldn’t try to disrupt the pass.  It’s very important to do this if you can’t actually hit the quarterback.  This is something that can easily be taught in my opinion and doesn’t really hurt his draft “stock” too much for me.

Another big issue was getting way too upright after his initial burst.  When a pass rusher does this it presents far too much real estate for offensive linemen to get their hands on you.  He needs to work on keeping low while driving into/around the linemen and fighting off their hands in order to win more often.  You can’t expect anyone to win every play, but if he can work on this he has the potential to be great.  I noticed he started working in a spin move during his senior season, would love to see him continue this as it would greatly help him get over this problem as well.

 

Trait Weight Grade
Vs. The Run 4 3.2
Pass Rush Ability 4 3.8
Read & React 3 2.6
First Step 2 2
Pass Rush Moves 2 1.5
Tackling 2 1.5
Coverage 2 1.7
Motor 2 2
Stack & Shed/Strength at POA 2 1.7
Feet/COD 2 2

 

Attaochu grades out as a 7.92 for me, which places him late as an early second rounder based on talent.  I believe that if he can work on the little things he doesn’t do as well (getting too upright, adding more pass rushing moves) he can be a very strong contributor early.  I believe his best position is definitely a rush OLB in a 3-4 scheme, though he has shown an ability to diagnose screens and pursue downfield.  If a team is able to use him purely as a rush OLB initially and transition him slowly into a three down linebacker (think Aldon Smith) I am confident he can accomplish this and be a good player for years to come.