Counting Down To Camp: Jeremiah Attaochu

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse


Sep 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu (45) celebrates a tackle for a loss in the second half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia Tech won 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

When the Chargers entered the 2nd round of the draft, this is the spot where I thought they would surprise us with a O-linemen, unfortunately Xaviers Su’a-Filo was gone. Kyle Van Noy was gone soon after. So in my mind that left Louis Nix. Enter Jeremiah….

In 2010,  he played 12 games and recorded 23 tackles, 4 for a loss and 3 sacks. Started all 11 games he played in ’11, tallying 59-11.5-6 with 2 pass breakups, an 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles. He started all 13 games in ’12, producing 69-12-10 with a pass breakup and a forced fumble. As a senior in ’13, played defensive end in Ted Roof’s 4-3 scheme and posted 45-16-12.5 with 2 passes batted down and a forced fumble.

Do you see a pattern? He owns Georgia Tech’s career sacks record with 31.5, which ranks fifth in ACC history. Even at 6-3, 252 pounds the knock on him was he needs to get stronger when larger blockers get their hands on him. When does a OLB not in trouble in that situation. The weight room can fix that. Moving on….

The Key for me is Attaochu played as an actual 3-4 OLB. That is rare. The upside to this, the learning curve takes a nose dive, since he’s returning to a natural position. Imagine that, drafting a pass rusher that “ACTUALLY PLAYED IN A 3-4 SYSTEM”.

Use your ← → (arrows) to browse

Tags: Jeremiah Attaochu NFL Draft San Diego Chargers

  • Tazzster

    I am excited to see this kid play. I predict he will be a starter by the middle of the season if not the start of it.

    I think this guy will make an impact on defense like Keenan did last year on offense.

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Might want to hold off on him starting. Remember Freeney and Johnson are still on the team and Attaochu is very raw in the hands. I can see him starting maybe at the end but I think it’s gonna take him a while to get all that down. Not that he’s a slow learner but speed can’t be your only weapon as an OLB.

      • Eli Rodriguez

        He will end up making at least one start. I dont have confidence that Freeney and Johnson will play every game next season. One of them will get injured.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          Freeney and Johnson will be fine. A torn ACL is a freak injury. And injuries are part of the sport. Shoot, Attaochu could get injured like Ingram before the season even starts. There’s no point in predicting injuries.

      • Tazzster

        I hear what you are saying Marcel…. but I just have a good feeling with this guy. My BOLD prediction… he will be this years Keenan Allen.

        RAWR!

      • arnie

        I get that. context. In McCoys camp, nobody is guaranteed to a be starter. It is a competition. While normal thinking is he won’t beat out Freeney, JJ an Ingram is logical an fair. However he has a good chance of beating out the “other” players behind them for time on the field.
        make no mistake, if he’s as good as his resume, someone is going to lose their job.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          Oh I agree absolutely. For the OLB’s I think he’s 4th on the depth chart and rightfully so. Now if he gets some work done with his hands? whooooooooooooweeee! That’s scary. But until then he’s going to be a special teamer and get a few reps in during the games. I think his development and rise will be typical.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Totally agree. It’s not like they had some epiphany, and put Allen out there. Floyd was hurt, Royal was hurt, and Brown was totally ineffective. Keenan was about to quit, because he couldn’t get on the field, remember? I’m sure he would have found his way out there eventually, but people act like McCoy and Whiz had made some decision that Keenan was better than the other guys. In actuality, it took them weeks to figure out that Mathews was the better goal line option, over Woody. It took them even longer to figure out that Green was a major mismatch, and give him playing time.. I’m not totally convinced they are going to use him as much as people seem to think, despite his excellent play last season. Maybe now that Whiz is gone, hopefully that stubborness left too. They did a pretty good job coaching, but let’s not start inventing things to make them seem like they “knew the whole time”. I’ll give Telesco mad props for picking Allen up to begin with. But, they didn’t suddenly make an executive decision that Keenan should start. I expect they wouldn’t do that with Jerry either, unless Freeney & Johnson got hurt, based on what they did in similar situations last season.

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          I’m in the same boat. We were kinda talking about that yesterday on BTFB. What we thought were undeveloped rookies get put in because people get injured. It’s a part of the game. I don’t expect Freeney or Johnson to get injured and not play for a couple of weeks but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get a foot sprain in week 2 or have a concussion down the road. It just happens. Choo-Choo (Jerry) will learn in training camp and practice, play special teams, and he’ll get the appropriate reps as a rookie. I expect his development to be typical of a 2nd round pick. Now if one of the veterans gets injured it’ll get interesting because they’ll probably start Ingram and play either Freeney or Johnson, obviously depending on which on gets injured. I think Reich (really looking for a Nazi joke here. no disrespect to anyone Jewish) will really be just a place holder as an OC. It’ll be the Rivers show. I think he’ll be better than Whiz because he’ll let Rivers dictate the offense, which is what I think the reason is we lost to the Broncos. But I digress, Choo-Choo is gonna be alright. Good things are coming.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Exactamundo! Sneezy is gonna be good, no doubt.. but, Freeney, Johnson, and Ingram are ahead of him on the depth chart for the entirety of 2014, barring serious injuries… or, unless he is just lighting em up & blowin em out every time he is out there. Next year will probably be different.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Not that I don’t like Freeney but if he wanted to bring a Colt he should have brought Mathis. Now THAT would be scary. When either one the old guys leaves or breaks…which shouldn’t take too long, I just need McCoy to not find a way to delay Choo-Choo’s progress. “Well you know Larry English has had a great career here and he’s a crucial part of the team”

    • powderBLUE801

      The good news is that he will be a starter next season no matter what!! And I was such a big KVN fan and was mad at Detroit but now I thank the lions cuz I think Attaochu is going to be a sack machine!! Keep on Bolting my friends.

  • Joel Ayala

    Good Read. Im pretty sure thats the end of Larry I speako no English lol.

    • arnie

      I believe his replacement is the guy we picked up playing canadian football.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Personally, I liked the pick. Here is what the NFL writer is saying about Attaochu.

    “In other news, second-round pick Jeremiah Attaochu’s first order of business should be getting Dwight Freeney’s cell number and blowing it up non-stop. Maybe that way, the rookie outside linebacker will average more than one sack for every 10 games played, otherwise known as “a torrid Melvin Ingram pace.”

    In fairness, when I read that dig, hardly tells you much other than he didn’t get many sacks. But did he get pressure? Guy (Elliott Harrison) definitely did not like Attaochu or Verrett. And he even gets a dig in there about Melvin.

    • tubbs45

      ouch…

    • arnie

      He’s entitled to his opinion. So was everyone else about Te’o, Fluker, Allen….etc
      The bottom line is this, Telesco proved he knows what he’s doing. To start doubting his ability to find talent in this draft is laughable. Of all 6 players TT drafted in ’13, all made the roster, All saw playing time, even an UDFA became a starter and only one never saw the field (williams) due to a pectoral injury. When the pads go on, i will email him like i did certain doubters last season. *coughnflampodcastcough*

      • Stefanie Smith

        Arnie, I know you like Telesco. But no, it’s too early to say that his one draft was successful. Come on, now. T’eo was not a success yet. Be realistic. You are a TT fan. He could pick Mickey Mouse and you would say he is fantastic. And TT has proven nothing yet. He’s just getting started. He was never a GM before and still has a lot to prove. Just as you say for the players, that they have to prove themselves, so does Telesco and McCoy. They are newbies to the management game. Polian ran the show for the Colts, not Telesco. Telesco was simply a part of Polian’s staff.

        And when you are analyzing the draft picks—ignoring the negatives don’t make them go away. How about seeing how it will impact the team. They are saying Verrett might not be ready for camp as he has just had his surgery in March. Be objective.

        Seeing the field doesn’t mean much, Arnie, in determining the draft’s success. Aaron Rodgers sat for years before he “saw the field”. As that is a different course of action than the criteria you are using to judge Telesco, are you suggesting that Green Bay’s scout/GM was not good, because the guys he drafted did not “see the field” in the first year?

        None of us are experts here, Arnie.

        • arnie

          I’ll keep this short. Do want AJ Smith back? In the short time Telesco has been here , he has proven to be an improvement over the former GM.
          I never claimed to be an “expert”, but i at least do not completely dismiss the positives and ignore the facts.

          • Stefanie Smith

            I agree with you there. No, AJ was not good. He did not work well with the players, the media and God only knows who else.

          • arnie

            All I’m saying is you did this last season. It’s fine to have concerns, I did too. I still do. The difference, I believed things were going to be better and the were.
            This is the same thing as last season, a “wait an see” situation. I was right. I’m betting I’ll be right again, because I “believe” Telesco an McCoy are the right people for the job.

          • Stefanie Smith

            Fair enough. On the other side, addressing all the facts, both positive and negative is not being mean-spirited or negative. All I want is the Chargers to win… and for me, trust doesn’t enter into it.

          • arnie

            I know. That’s why I said, I “believe”. Trust has nothing to do with it, we as fans, don’t have that relationship with the Chargers organization. All we can do is either “believe” things are better and going to get better, or not.

          • jimbojangles

            Arnie, I’m with you bud. TT is early in his GM career…but he clearly knows what he’s doing (whether you want to knock him or praise him for being under Polian’s tutelage). He seems to have an eye for talent and value. Fluker and Allen were absolute home runs last year and I don’t see either of those guys losing momentum…it’s just that Mickey Mouse pick I’m worried about.

          • arnie

            LOL I agree, Mickey may be a legitimate “camp body”.

        • Michael

          What, micky mouse is available?,,,, need to sign him before he’s picked up!!!!!!

  • Nick619chargers4life

    I couldn’t agree more . Good stuff !

    • arnie

      coming from you nick i flattered. LOL

      • Nick619chargers4life

        Lol

  • Gunnar Martin

    I’m likin’ this new format! It’s definitely an upgrade.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Everything I said about Attaochu became true.

    Need + Fit = Attaochu

    And Telesco agreed. Good post arnie

  • jimbojangles

    Starter or no starter, OLB’s in Pagano’s scheme are moving puzzle pieces. This dude is a beast and if he and the the other OLB’s can stay healthy, opposing QB’s should be doing their quick feet shuffle a little more often.

    • arnie

      I believe he’s going to help the pass rush when he get’s on the field. I’m just not sold on Pagano..