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Mar 25

Spring preview: Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets return a ton of talent from their Sun Bowl-winning squad.

Size - 6032v - 252v - 4.72e
Strong Points - Pass rush, good athlete, uses hands as a pass rusher, competes
Weak Points - Size for defensive end, strength, shed blocks, inexperience in pass coverage
2013 Stats - 45 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks

Summation - Attaochu is a fourth-year senior and a three year starter at defensive end. He lines up on both sides of the formation, and while he is usually in a two-point stance, he also plays from a three-point stance.

Attaochu is an every down player for Georgia Tech and usually plays over 80% of the defensive plays in any given game. He is a good athlete and a top competitor. He has very good change of direction and body control and is light on his feet. He has play speed of about 4.72 with a good burst.

While he can be explosive, he lacks top strength at the point of attack. At 252 pounds, he often gives away size and power to his opponents. While he has quick hands, he can be slow getting off run blocks, and there are times I have seen him driven back by blockers. Still, he has the quickness to elude blocks when he has the opportunity.

Attaochu has good instincts and is a quick reactor. He finds the ball. He is quick to recognize both the run and pass. His initial quickness is very good from both a two-point and three-point stance.

The best thing Attaochu does is rush the passer. He is more of a move pass rusher than a bull rusher. He has the quick feet and quick hands to use moves and redirect his charge and is explosive coming off blocks to close. He is very effective using stunts with other defenders. You also see his top competitiveness when he is rushing the passer, as he never gives up on a play.

While Attaochu usually plays on his feet, you don't see him drop into coverage that often. When he does, he has a good drop and is able to get depth, but you seldom see him have to make adjustments.

Overall, Attaochu will be best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He doesn't have the size and power to play every down as a defensive end in a 4-3 and be efficient. He needs to increase his strength and power, but that shouldn't be a problem. He will also need to get a feel for pass coverage, but he has the talent, athleticism, and instincts to be good in that area. In most 3-4 defenses, he will be used as a pass rusher on passing downs.

Attaochu has a lot of upside and should start early in his career. I can see him being a solid second round pick. He didn't work out at the Combine, and we still need to get verified speed and jumps.