The Falcons have been interested in every pass-rusher in this year's class. Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu is just another one the Falcons have brought in. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons brought in Attaochu for locals day.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Combine/Pro Day Measurements
Height: 6'3"; Weight: 252 pounds
Arm Length: 33"; Hand Measurement: 9.875"
40-yard dash: 4.58 sec.; 10-yard split: 1.55 sec.
20-yard shuttle: 4.64 sec.; 3-cone Drill: 7.28 sec.
Vertical Jump: 37.5"; Broad Jump: 10'3"
2013: 13 Games Played, 45 Tackles, 16.0 Tackles for Loss, 12.5 Sacks, 3 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Forced, 2 Pass Deflections
2012: 13 Games Played, 69 Tackles, 12.0 Tackles for Loss, 10.0 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Pass Deflection
2011: 11 Games Played, 59 Tackles, 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 6.0 Sacks, 1 Interception, 2 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections
2010: 12 Games Played, 23 Tackles, 4.0 Tackles for Loss, 3.0 Sacks, 1 QB Hurry
Attaochu has one of the best inside moves in the draft and just blows by guys as a pass-rusher. He can dominate anyone with a speed rush and understands how to run stunts and blitzes in both the 4-3 and 3-4. He's experienced in both schemes and can work well in either role.
He's got great hand usage and is able to use a dip, spin and rip move to gain effective pressure on quarterbacks. He's an extremely fluid athlete who can cover well in either man or zone schemes. He's also aware of everything that goes on in the back field and snuffs out screens quickly.
Sometimes, he looks lost while trying to figure out where the play is going. He has trouble figuring out who is going to block him. He's still trying to learn games to play with tackles so that he can be more consistent as a pass-rusher.
He still needs to improve his hands, as he could be dominant with better usage. Despite showing proficiency in pass coverage, he was rarely used there in either scheme. He also needs to get better at wrapping up his tackles instead of going for the big hit.
How does he fit the Comrade Filter?
Attaochu was never arrested and was only ever suspended for a single half due to a personal foul penalty that he committed against Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas as a sophomore. Honestly, this isn't anything the Falcons would hold against him, especially with how good of a man he is off the field.
Attaochu is a college graduate who is known as one of the team leaders during his time at Georgia Tech. In fact, he was a captain for the Yellow Jackets defense. Add in some top-level athleticism and production, and the Falcons have an ideal fit here.
Attaochu is just 21 years old and is already an extremely talented NFL prospect. However, he has a lot of technical work that he needs to get done before he expands his role past pass rushing and setting the edge against the run.
And that's perfectly OK. Von Miller didn't start out doing everything he is currently asked to do in his scheme. But he delivered an impact. Attaochu should be able to easily deliver an impact for whoever takes him with his pass-rushing abilities.
How he would fit into the Falcons' plans
Attaochu would have to be the Falcons selection after a trade up into the first round, or they have to be lucky enough for him to slip to their pick at No. 37 overall. He'd be an instant starter in the scheme and should be able to provide a 10-sack guy year in and year out.
The Falcons would be able to use him in the same kind of capacity that Mike Nolan used Jason Taylor in Miami or Elvis Dumervil in Denver. He could have an even bigger impact than them if he puts it all together too. And that's what makes him a great fit for the Falcons.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus' Premium Stats (subscription required), ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All combine and pro day info is courtesy NFL Draft Scout. All contract information is courtesy of Spotrac and Rotoworld.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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