Jeremiah Attaochu   DE/OLB   Georgia Tech

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

STRENGTHS
Jeremiah has natural, and almost freakish, strength that allows him to play bigger than his size. He has an excellent burst off the line to get into the back field and is very stout against the run. He has those strong hands that allow him to control offensive linemen at the line of scrimmage and long arms that help him keep players off his body and shed and make tackles at the line of scrimmage. Jeremiah has the leg strength and explosion off the line to turn the corner when pass rushing and not get pushed off his line or to the ground before he gets to the quarterback. He is a tireless worker and has excellent mental strength that keeps him effective into the 4th quarter of a game. Jeremiah will wear his opponent out and, in the 4th quarter, will make an impact play when others are just going through the motion. Jeremiah reminds me a lot of the Kansas City Chiefs DE Tamba Hali (see Archives) when he came out in the 2006 draft who reminded me a lot of DE Charles Haley.

CONCERNS
Jeremiah needs some more work on pass rushing moves and foot work. He has played as a linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but mostly as the attack LB and not in coverage. This year, he played as a Defensive End in a 4-3 and he basically did what he did in the 3-4 defense which was to attack the line of scrimmage. That is his strength and if he is used that way he can be as good as Terrell Suggs or Tamba Hali.

BOTTOM LINE
Size matters when it comes to the draft, but it doesnít matter once youíre on the field and playing football. All that matters then is how much of an impact you have in the game and, no doubt about it, Jeremiah will be an impact player for the team that drafts him. If Jeremiah were two inches taller I suspect that most everyone would be talking about him Ė may still be a possibility as we get closer to the draft. His production standing up or in a three point stance is impressive and the competition and improvement from the first of the year to that last game of this year has been impressive also. When Tamba Hali came out in the 2006 draft, I wrote that as far as I was concerned, he was a top ten pick. I feel the same way about Jeremiah. I know most will not think that way about him as I do. They will nitpick about his size or any other issue they can think of to downgrade him, but trust meÖ.itís all BS. When you watch him play, you see him at the line of scrimmage holding up a 350-lb offensive lineman. Next, you watch as he flushes a quarterback out of the pocket into waiting defenders. Then, in the 4th quarter when everyone is dragging themselves around and tired, you can watch Jeremiah burst off the line of scrimmage and make a sack. Letís see what round Jeremiah lands in for this draft.

Drew Boylhart
JAN/2014