During his Pro Day, Edge Rusher Jeremiah Attaochu, who stands in at 6'3 and weighs 252 pounds, ran a blistering 40 yard dash, timing at 4.58, and 4.63. His explosiveness is apparent on the tape, and showed with a 37.5 vertical jump. General Manager Tom Telesco made it clear he wants to add speed to the outside linebacker position. This is something Attaochu clearly adds.
Attaochu's agility drills were below average. His 3-cone drill was timed at 7.28 seconds(average being 7.13), and his 20 yard short shuttle was alarmingly slow, running a 4.64, when the average is 4.28. To put it into perspective nose tackle Ryan Carrethers weighs 337 pounds and ran a 4.60.
These are just numbers. Let's get into what really matters. What Attaochu can bring to a team on the field.
Traits That Stand Out
- Explosive 1st step
- Very high motor player
- Shows good awareness
- Has untapped Potential. Lots of "flashes"
One thing that Telesco really preached last year that he wanted players with high energy and great motor. By selecting DJ Fluker, Manti Te'o, and Keenan Allen, he proved that this is something he truly wants. Attaochu is another guy that would bring that to the table. He's constantly hustling, running plays down from the backside, and playing to the whistle.
One thing I was surprised was his awareness. Attaochu would stop on a screen and go after the running back, as opposed to continuing to rush the passer. So his football awareness is there, and that's something that you like to see is there and don't have to develop.
When I say he "flashes" and has untapped potential, I mean he has tools that he's not even aware that he has. For instance, this next 2 GIFs.
Attaochu fires off low, and gets into the offensive tackles pads and embarrasses him. With his first step, he should be able to convert speed to power like this with ease. The problem is, it just doesn't happen to where you can count on it consistently.
What He Needs to Work on
- Playing with Consistent Pad Level
- Developing Pass Rush Moves
- Strength at the Point of Attack
- Not getting So Involved with the Offensive Lineman
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|
|Vs. The Run||4||3.2|
|Pass Rush Ability||4||3.8|
|Read & React||3||2.6|
|Pass Rush Moves||2||1.3|
|Stack & Shed/Strength at POA||2||1.4|