Posted: 12:08 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
By Ken Sugiura
The NFL draft is still more than three weeks away. Former Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu would like to speed up the process. Speaking following the Yellow Jackets’ scrimmage Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Attaochu said he didn’t ’t think about the draft much before correcting himself.
“I do,” he said. “I try not to, that’s what I need to say. I try not to think about it at all just to keep my sanity because it’ll drive you nuts, just the uncertainty about it.”
Attaochu has been busy working out for teams and visiting with teams. He has visited Indianapolis and Philadelphia and was scheduled for New England Monday, meeting with coaches and team executives.
Meeting such prominent coaches and executives is “not weird,” he said. “I just walk in, I’m like, Hey, I’m here now. Once upon a time, I was seeing you on TV.”
The visits have essentially been interviews, trying to get into his head and test his football knowledge, he said.
“They’ll get really personal with you,” he said. “I learned that at the Senior Bowl and combine. For me, I didn’t have much to hide. I didn’t get in trouble in college, so it was easy to present myself.”
He said that his half-game suspension for punching Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas has been a non-issue. He has also had private workouts with Detroit, San Diego, Indianapolis, New York Giants and New England.
“It’s about 15 minutes, but it’s really high intensity, change of direction,” he said.
Interestingly, the teams that have either worked out Attaochu or brought him in for a visit are split between the 3-4 and 4-3. New England, Detroit and the New York Giants play out of a 4-3, where he’d be a defensive end. Philadelphia, Indianapolis and San Diego use a 3-4, where he’d be an outside linebacker.
Whatever position, whatever team, Attaochu is just ready for the suspense and the workouts to be over.
“I just want to do football stuff,” he said.