Preseason Player Profile: Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu (pronounced a-tau-chew)

Defensive End/Linebacker

6’3” 235 lbs.

Georgia Tech

-ESPN says that he is 235, but looking at him you wouldn’t think he was a pound under 250. When I say that it looks like he is bigger, I mean that he looks like he is stronger and a better run defender than a 235 lbs player should be.

-Right off the bat, after watching the VT and UNC games I think that Attaochu looks like James Harrison on stilts.

-Great motor. He is always working to get to the ball whether it is a backside run play or if he has a chance at the sack.

-Very good in space. He has decent lateral agility and takes very good angles. Above anything else though he seems to play intelligently in the open field. He knows that he can’t over-pursue, but he also knows that you can’t give the RB enough room to make a cut.

-He plays well in coverage for his size. He even had a deflection for an interception in the UNC game. Don’t get me wrong you want this guy attacking the line of scrimmage, but if you wanted to fool people with a “Sugar Blitz” you could.

-Not as active with his hands as the elite rushers, but he consistently finds ways to get of blocks. He has the speed and power to confound offensive tackles, and when all else fails he stunts inside.

-He drives through ball carriers with his shoulder, which is legal in the NFL, and he makes some very splashy plays. One particular play he is coming from across the field to tackle, Virginia Tech’s first round pick David Wilson, and he hits him so hard he makes him look like a spinning top.

-I think Jeremiah Attaochu may be the best all-around edge player in this draft. If he can have season like he did last year then I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a top five pick. Having said that, people said the same thing in 2010 about Quinton Coples and then he showed a serious L.O.E. (lack of effort) during his 2011 campaign that turned some people off of him and cost him possibly the third overall pick.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.

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