Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Football: OLB/DE Jeremiah Attaochu Drafted 50th Overall by San Diego Chargers

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After hoping to sneak into the first round Thursday night, Attaochu has been picked up in Friday night's second round by the San Diego Chargers.

Outside Linebacker/Defensive End hybrid Jeremiah Attaochu has been selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 50th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the first Georgia Tech player to be drafted since the New York Jets selected WR Stephen Hill with the 43rd pick in the 2012 Draft.

Hailing from Nigeria via Washington, DC, Attaochu was recruited by Al Groh to play the "Jack" outside linebacker spot in his 3-4 defense. Attaochu started 37 games in his career, including his final two full seasons. After Groh's departure in mid-2012, he played weakside "rush" defensive end under Charles Kelly and Ted Roof's 4-man fronts. He departs Georgia Tech as the all-time leader in sacks, including 12.5 in his final season -- 2nd in the ACC and 6th nationally. As a senior, he was voted first-team All-ACC, and third-team All-American.

He projects best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but he also has the flexibility to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. From Attaochu's pre-Draft profile...

Strengths: Speed (speed rush), acceleration, motor, tackling, intelligence, agility, awareness, interviewing/background/character, potential.

Weaknesses: Strength (bull rush), pass coverage (3-4 specific).

For more on Attaochu's selection, see SB Nation's Chargers site, Bolts from the Blue. Congrats, Jerry!

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