Posted: 3:09 pm Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Attaochu primed to perform at pro day 

By Ken Sugiura

Jeremiah Attaochu

Jeremiah Attaochu had 134 tackles and 31.5 sacks in his career at Georgia Tech.

Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu has rehabilitated his hamstring injury suffered in the Senior Bowl and is ready for Tech’s pro day Friday morning. Attaochu’s agent believes he’ll be ready to impress scouts.

“I think he’ll do great,” said Pat Dye Jr., Attaochu’s Atlanta-based representative. “He’s very well-trained, his body looks good. I would expect an outstanding performance. He seems mentally and physically ready to do his best.”

Photos: Attaochu, others take part in Tech Pro Day

Dye said Attaochu, who was not able to participate in testing at the NFL draft combine in February because of the injury, will take part in all of the drills. Told that a draft expert said that Attaochu needs to run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds to impress scouts, Dye said that Attaochu “feels like he’ll be safely in the 4.6’s. I think his goal is for the time to start with a four and a five,” meaning a time in the 4.5 range.

Dye said that he had heard through conversations with scouts and coaches at the end of the season that Attaochu was considered a third- or fourth-round pick at the end of the season, but that he has climbed into the second round and possibly even late first.

“I told (Attaochu) that’s got to be based on his tape because he hadn’t worked out for anybody and I don’t know if the Senior Bowl really moved the needle for him in any particular way because he was playing out of position (at outside linebacker),” Dye said. “I think he’s had a pretty positive bounce based on how good his tape is.”

Dye said that Attaochu has a few workouts with individual teams lined up after Tech’s pro day, but declined to identify them.

Attaochu will be joined by former Jackets Ray Beno, Euclid Cummings, Jay Finch, Robert Godhigh, Will Jackson, Sean Poole, David Scully, David Sims, Jemea Thomas, Brandon Watts, Omoregie Uzzi and Louis Young.

Tech defensive line coach Mike Pelton said he’s hopeful about his two other pupils who’ll be performing, Cummings and Dieke.

“The good thing about those guys is they’re going to be impressive when they work out on pro day,” Pelton said. “‘Too Tall’ (Dieke) is going to put up good numbers and he’s 6-6.”

What could also help both, Pelton said, is that both were playing in a 4-3 defense for the first time as seniors. Teams could be intrigued by their improvement over the course of the season and be intrigued by their potential.

“I think both of them will get a chance,” he said. “I’ve had people inquire about both of them.”
The pro day will be streamed online on ESPN3. Tech voice Brandon Gaudin and former team captain Roddy Jones will provide commentary. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. (I happened to talk with Jones this morning for another story. He said he watched coverage of the combine and Clemson’s pro day to get a sense of what he’ll be doing. He said he just needs to say “upside,” “potential” and “hips” a lot.)


Brandon Watts may end up being the most impressive, he will be like Steven Hill and come out of nowhere on his pro-day,  end up getting drafted in the 1st round.


Falcons need to snag him up. Trade up in the 2nd round for him. Itll be worth it. Or trade back and get more picks.


Would love to see Jeremiah in a Falcons uni. 

I predict Jemea gets a 4th or 5th round selection and whoever gets him will be very very happy.

Watts has the potential to play in the league as well.  I'll be curious to see his times tomorrow.  I thought he looked like the fastest backer we had last year. 

Good luck to all the guys in fulfilling that NFL dream.  Few actually achieve it. 


He runs a 4.5 he's a first round draft pic. I doubt that, but I sure hope the Falcons draft him. He probably has better or just as good film as anyone. Ken said he was out of position at outside linebacker when that's the position he played the majority of time in college. He must mean an outside linebacker in a 4-3. 


Still surprised Uzzi never really got a good look from somebody.  Thomas is a good player - somebody can use him.  The Falcons could release Jacquizz and get a bigger, better player in Godhigh at a free agent price.   Watts may be this year's Uzzi.  Sims might be able to help somebody.

I hope Beno, Finch and Jackson have been on the dq diet - they need significant poundage.  Poole, Scully and Young - I hope they have their degrees.  


I've been keeping up with a ton of sites and it appears that now that his pro day is coming up, a lot of the scouts/GM's, and the media "experts" have spent a lot time on Sneezy's film and he's definitely tracking up. I'm reading comments like high motor and never taking plays off; great variety of moves, etc. Also, they have said their reports have indicated he is very intelligent and coachable as well.

I suspect that if Sneezy puts up good numbers tomorrow; running 4,5 or better, lifting 25+ reps, etc, he'll get some strong looks for a late 1st Round or high 2nd Round pick.

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@ConfederateFlagBurner i'm pretty sure he meant that he was playing a different position than the one he played in 2013. he played a position similar to the rush linebacker spot he played his first three years.