Nov 2, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu (45) in action against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Interested in Georgia Tech LB Jeremiah Attaochu

The San Diego Chargers have shown some interest in Georgia Tech LB Jeremiah Attaochu. Attaochu had his Pro Day a couple of weeks ago and the Chargers went to visit him the following week according to Gil Brandt. The Chargers also showed interest in the youngster during the NFL Combine.

Attaochu would be a prospect that the Chargers could consider in the 2nd round of the draft. He would give the team another pass rusher and he could be the future at the postition.

The Chargers have a couple of aging outside linebackers on the roster already and the team needs to look toward the future at the position. Melvin Ingram will be the future on one side and Attaochu could hold down the other outside linebacker spot.

Adding Attaochu would give the team another pass rusher to throw at the problem. The position is fairly crowded at the moment, so Coach John Pagano would have to find a way to mix in Dwight Freeney, Jarret Johnson, Melvin Ingram and the rookie. All the outside linebackers on the roster had to deal with injuries last season, so filling up the roster with options for the position could help the pass rush this season.

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  • Diegoblue

    This would be a GREAT pickup..

  • Sergio Quintero

    He’s right there with Van Noy & Lawrence for 2nd round OLB’s, checking the tape I probably would take Lawrence, he has the best technique of the 3, and he surprised by testing pretty close to Attaochu.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I don’t know if I’m just not seeing something right, but I’m not buying the hype on Lawrence like everyone else is. From what I’ve seen, he’s pretty good, but not THAT good. I wasn’t all that impressed when I watched his entire game film rather than just his highlights. Can you convince me to start liking him more?

      • Daniel Sutter

        i like attaochu more.

      • Sergio Quintero

        They are quite similar, Lawrence disengages better if he gets blocked and uses his eyes better to stay relevant in a play, Attaochu has better quickness and maybe a step faster, but if he doesn’t win early he doesn’t he stays blocked.

        This is Attaochu’s best game versus Georgia, he’s explosive, but he stays blocked an irrelevant a little more than you may want:

        • Derek

          i think attouchu is more exploxive because he is better at bringing power out his stance but lawrence his a quickness to him where he can beat a tackle outside. but in the nfl everythings faster and you gotta like that attouchu brings power with his speed

      • Sergio Quintero

        Lawrence has the 3-4 OLB body, and he speed rushes like Attaochu, I notice he always seems to know where the football is, and he’s present in trying to be a factor on most plays.

        The differences are really small with him and Attaochu, I guess its a personal taste. Here’s a game of Lawrence vs. Nevada (3.5 sacks):

      • Derek

        his first step is consistently elite often taken 2 steps before everyone is out od their stance, great heavy hands, has seccondary moves (attouchu doesnt). he looks undersized and doesnt drop in coverage much but has the hips and footwork to do it. to me lawrence has more ability and attouchu has more effort and strength. this makes me rather lawrence because you can teach and coach those defficencies….. well same could be said about attouchu except the snap anticipation, you either have that quick twitch or dont but thats more useful for de than olbs which these both project to. think i just talked myself on to ur side. lawrence has more hype but overall theyre equally formidable and show simmilar potential in developing to a olb

    • afroamongfew

      I agree with you. Lawrence looks like he’s capable of far more than Attaochu. He may not have the same motor, but I feel that Lawrence would be able to give LTs more fits than Attaochu (who would be best served trying to beat offensive linemen with his speed and strength).

  • Sergio Quintero

    The OLB situation is weird they have 7 guys that could make roster at this point, but even if they are healthy I don’t think they will have much more than a middle of the road pass rush.

    Will they even take one in the first round, will take an OLB as a depth player at best. They could take one in any one round of this draft, or not take OLB at all, weird situation.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      I started a new Madden franchise last night and created Van Noy, I was having trouble getting all the guys in the game and ended up giving JJ alittle playing time at MLB and Freeney some at DE, it was alot of work lol

      • Sergio Quintero

        You know its a weird situation where its equally as possible to take a first round player in the position or completely not take a player at OLB in the entire draft.

        But they need serious upgrades at CB, NT, WR, OLB & OG, can’t get plug & play starters at all those positions.

  • Julien Bélair

    I like him a lot !


    You guys already know how I feel about Attaochu.

  • Gunnar Martin

    He would be very fun to watch in bolts.

  • Tazzster

    wow. looks impressive. im sold. sign the kid.

  • afroamongfew

    I like taking Attaochu slightly more than taking Van Noy, but if you want to see where the potential downside of taking Attaochu lies, watch his tape vs. (fellow burgeoning 2014 draft pick) Morgan Moses. Moses manages to completely shut down and dominate Attaochu all game, and seeing as Moses is actually among the top 10, not 5, of LT talent entering the draft, that gives me great pause.