Tom Telesco sure does like moving up in the 2nd round to get the Linebacker he has his eye on. After doing so to grab Manti Te'o last season, the San Diego Chargers reportedly gave up their 4th round pick for the right to move from pick #57 to #50 to grab Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu.
Attaochu has ideal size for the 3-4 OLB position, and will make for a fine understudy behind Dwight Freeney this season. Here's what our resident expert, Kyle Posey, had to say about him:
Attaochu grades out to a 7.6, or a late 2nd rounder. With his upside and athletic ability, I doubt he falls to the 57th pick. If he does, he just screams Telesco with his high energy and explosiveness of the edge that Telesco wants. I do think in order to be a consistent pass rusher, Attaochu will have to develop pass rush moves as well as get stronger at the point of attack. At this point, he has no idea how to disengage or use his hands consistently, and that's worrisome.
How He Fits as a Charger
Attaochu would play the "Jack Linebacker", or rush linebacker on the weak side. He would be an ideal pass rusher, lined up in space where he could use his speed to get around the edge. For now, he's more of a sub package player, until he develops better hand usage. Attaochu would make for a nice combination with his athleticism along with Dwight Freeney and Melvin Ingram. This would allow defensive coordinator John Pagano to play games up front, and have Attaochu stunt and twist, where he's shown he can be effective.
It's not a position of great need for the team, at least in my opinion, but adding talent to the defensive side of the ball can only work to help the 2014 San Diego Chargers.
Attaochu fits the bill as a fast player, and will certainly add some speed to the outside rushing attack. His 22.5 sacks over the last two years, again pretty good competition in the ACC, make him a proven commodity with plenty of good game tape.
Not a terrible 2nd round pick, but is he worth a 2nd and a 4th? Only time will tell.