Is Jeremiah Attaochu a Potential 2nd-Round Gem?

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ROOKIE YEAR (2011): In 2011, Gilchrist played in 14 games starting in four. He racked up 34 tackles, recorded two interceptions and had four passes batted down. According to Football Outsiders, Gilchrist had eight stops in 32 plays, allowing 11.3 yards per play (25 percent stop rate). He wasn’t a huge factor in the secondary, but he looked promising.

In 2012, Gilchrist received more playing time (played all 16 games), but it wasn’t to his, or the team’s, Picture 9benefit. According to PFF, quarterbacks had a QB rating of 126.1 when targeting Gilchrist, which was the highest among all cornerbacks.

Maybe it was a position change, but Gilchrist played much better in 2013. He won (to nobody’s surprise) the starting strong safety position, and went on to notch 77 tackles, two interceptions, knock down five passes, force one fumble and recover one as well. But the secondary in general was painful to watch. They fell from No. 18 (2012) in pass defense to No. 29 in 2013, allowing a fourth-worst 258.7 yards per game. Not only that, but the Chargers defense ranked dead last in DVOA (Defensive Value Over Adjustment). Towards the end of the season, undrafted rookie Jahleel Addae started to blossom and strike players like lightning with thunderous hits, pun intended. He began to take more snaps at safety and posted an overall grade of +6.1 (+4.5 in coverage). Even with the up-and-coming Addae (who graded out as the No. 40 safety), Gilchrist can, and should move to nickel safety where he played well with speed.

SUCCESS: 5.5/10

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ROOKIE YEAR (2011): Mouton was placed on injured-reserve with a shoulder injury during his rookie year. From then on, his career has been hampered with injuries. He has played in three games in three years, making one tackle. In 2013, Mouton tore his ACL on the first day of training camp.


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  • tubbs45

    Very good write up! Great documentation.


    If Attaochu knows one thing it’s getting after the Qb.

    • Matt Pagels

      Exactly. We’re in dire need of a deadly pass rush presence, and I hope he brings what he did at Georgia Tech (31.5 sacks) to the Chargers.

  • Derek

    I think Tt learned that it’s more risky to reach and hope a player will be who you want (mounton) than trade up to get who you want

  • Bolty

    Reyes gets abused in the running game. I’d give him a 5.5 until he proves otherwise. Hopefully, our NTs will have a resurgence of sorts.

  • philiprules

    I hate to be the picky biotch here, but when you title an article “Is Jeremiah Attaochu a Potential 2nd-Round Gem?” it would be nice if something beyond the first short paragraph of a 3 page article is about Jeremiah Attaochu. Just sayin.

    • Matt Pagels

      Yeah that was the hardest part in writing this piece. I had to put his name in and did not want to be too misleading so I put “potential 2nd round gem” to try and and hook the reader with emphasis on 2nd round players.

    • Matt Pagels

      Took your comment into great consideration, and added a small bit on Attaochu above the poll. Definitely adds to the piece, thanks for the constructive criticism!

  • Gunnar Martin

    I hated AJ for picking Mouton when he did it. Nothing has changed since then.