Chargers Select LB Jeremiah Attaochu
San Diego Chargers fans are quickly learning that general manager Tom Telesco keeps his draft plans close to the vest. But if he sees a player of interest receiving attention from another franchise, Telesco isn’t afraid to move up in the draft in order to select that player.
Last year, he traded up in the second round to select linebacker Manti Te’o, and this year, Telesco once again moved up in the second round to select Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu with the 50th pick.
The Chargers are always looking to upgrade their pass rush, and Attaochu is precisely the type of player who can change the perception of their defense within the conference. He was the last true quality 3-4 outside linebacker left on the draft board, as the Chargers love his versatility, which could help them in a number of ways. Some scouts consider Attaochu to a late bloomer, but he has the skills to bend the edge and put pressure on the quarterback. How effective is he as a pass rusher? Well, Attaochu recorded 12.5 sacks last season.
The confidence in this selection might be proven valid in a couple of years, as Attaochu gains knowledge and inches closer to his full potential. But he has plenty of work to do before he reaches that point. San Diego fans can expect him to play his tail off on every down and become the perfect complement to an already young, talented (Melvin Ingram, Donald Butler and Manti Te’o) linebacker corps.