San Diego Chargers: Best and Worst Case Scenario for 2014 Rookies

By Ryan Posner
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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

Jeremiah Attaochu (OLB, 6-3, 242)

Best Case Scenario:  One of the more raw talents, but best pass rushers in the class of 2014, Attaochu could finally be the answer at OLB since the Bolts were running out Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips.

After setting multiple records while with Georgia Tech, Attaochu’s unique blend of size and speed could make him one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL. In a division that features one of the best pocket passers of all time, Peyton Manning, being able to disrupt the QB could monumental.

Something that is definitely working in Attaochu’s favor is that he has some great mentors, in the form of Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson.

The Chargers traded up in the 2nd round to get Attaochu, so you can expect him to be a big part of the defense this year.  An eight sack season, complemented by many QB hurries would be where this rookie tops out, which gives San Diego a huge boost in the pass rushing game.

Worst Case Scenario: Think Larry English.

Since Merriman left, it seems as if the Chargers have had some tough luck finding a long-term answer at OLB. Whether its players who have been hampered by injuries like Freeney and Melvin Ingram, or complete busts like Larry English, they haven’t been able to find their man.

Attoachu is a raw talent who may take more time to develop than some people expect. Since his best and really only quality is in the pass rushing game, if he does not put up good numbers, he may prove to be another bust.

The Chargers are ready to win now, and with OLB’s on the team like Johnson, Ingram, and Freeney, they might not be very patient with Attoachu, furthering  his development