Posted: 2:52 am Friday, May 9th, 2014

Attaochu ready to go in second round 

By Ken Sugiura

Jeremiah Attaochu may hear his name called Friday night.

Jeremiah Attaochu may hear his name called Friday night.

 

The wait begins in earnest for Jeremiah Attaochu.

Attaochu’s agent said that he had a chance to slip into the end of the first round of the NFL draft, but the former Georgia Tech All-American was not selected in the first 32 picks Thursday night.

However, he seems to stand a good chance to be drafted in the second round Friday night, which is when most have targeted him to be taken, including agent Pat Dye Jr. The first round was productive for Attaochu in that a number of players ahead of him at his outside linebacker position were selected.

By the grades of the NFL website, for instance, Attaochu is the top outside linebacker on the board after Khalil Mack (Oakland), Anthony Barr (Minnesota) and Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh) all were picked Thursday night.

Draft Insider slots him as the No. 5 remaining outside linebacker, behind Demarcus Lawrence (Boise State), Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Carl Bradford (Arizona State) and Chris Smith (Arkansas). Beyond different tastes, part of the reason for the discrepancy is that the NFL website lists Lawrence and Smith as  defensive ends.

By the rankings of CBS Sports, Attaochu is No. 3 on the outside linebacker waiting list, after Bradford and Van Noy. ESPN ranks him as the top outside linebacker and the No. 4 overall player remaining.

The order of the top half of the second: 1. Houston; 2. Washington; 3. Cleveland; 4. Oakland; 5. Falcons; 6. Tampa Bay; 7. Jacksonville; 8. Minnesota; 9. Buffalo; 10. Tennessee; 11. New York Giants; 12. St. Louis; 13. Detroit; 14. Pittsburgh; 15. Dallas; 16. Baltimore.

Of those teams, Washington, the Falcons, Tennessee the Giants, Detroit were among those that showed interested in Attaochu in the pre-draft process either through a private workout, a visit to team offices or a formal interview at the NFL draft combine, though the value of such a clue is debatable. Teams sometimes will select players they haven’t made any contact with, attempting to keep their interest below the radar.

Were he chosen by the Falcons, he would be their first pick of a Tech player since Vance Walker was taken in the seventh round of the 2009 draft and the second since Keith Brooking was taken with the 12th overall pick in 1998.

The draft resumes with the second and third rounds Friday night at 7 p.m. The remaining four rounds will take place Saturday starting at noon.

138 comments
AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Shaq Wiggins is leaving uga.  Man, their program must be a wreck for a starter to transfer.  (TIC)

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

My, my.  Two full rounds of the draft completed now, and still no mutt has been drafted.  How can this possibly be???

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

What happened w Custis and JHD tonight is bull$hit. I'm sick and tired of the NCAA, and so ready for the major conferences to tell them goodbye and good riddance. They have been most unkind to GT of late.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

That is really great for Attaochu! He will make over 7 figures by the time he's done with the nfl.

GGee
GGee

Congrats Jeremiah

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

OMG, what must the mutts and haters be saying now.  Sneezy went before anybody from the cesspool.  WAY TO GO !!!

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

Congrats Attaochu!  Good luck in San Diego.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Sneezy to the Chargers!!!!!!!!!! WTG Jeremiah!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Mark Bradley, since i can't post on your article the answer is No. I am just disgusted i won't get to see Custis carry the ball for us, but we have more than one horse in the barn.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

A 5'8", 184 pound player just got taken in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.   I can think of a certain poster whose head just exploded.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

You can always count on the trolls and haters coming up from the depths of darkness to spout their hatred whenever something bad happens.  

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@ GT UNRealist.......I am still waiting for you to give some documented proof that Johnson's coaches hate him.  And I am also waiting for you to tell us how Tech is worse off now than we were in the 80s.  Speak up or shut up.

GT Realist
GT Realist

You said a lot there, GT Bob.   Not sure why you're bringing race into it..   That has nothing to do with it.     The talent level is garbage.   The system can't make up for that.   Oh wait, maybe when CPJ installs that passing game he used at Hawaii, right?   We are still waiting on that...   

GT Realist
GT Realist

Ignorant fools are the ones like you who continue to support this sorry coach.   Worst recruiter of all time.   Byerly to Laskey.  Can't wait.  

GT Realist
GT Realist

Tool?   Really?    Enjoy watching Byerly run the option and the dive from Laskey.   That is some exciting football right there.    Bring back the leather helmets!    

GT Realist
GT Realist

I mention Godhigh only because that is the best of the best of what we can expect with a CPJ-coached team going forward.  Again, I'm the only one commenting here because all the others that matter have long since given up.   And are just waiting for CPJ to be gone.    You can refuse to admit it all you want, but we have the lowest morale collectively as a fanbase than I've ever seen.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Richt is too much of a disciplinarian. Very demanding and hard to play for. (TIC)

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

They've had plenty of their share in the past for sure. But funny how not all those Blue Chips out of high school end up impressing the pro scouts. Gurley aside (He will go first round next year if he stays healthy), UGA didn't have many high impact players last year. Murray was a good college QB.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Birmingham__Jacket

Don't know for sure, but I'm pretty certain JHD's problem are his grades.  Custis' problem is bull for sure.  Don't understand how the NCAA can allow him to practice the entire spring and then decide he can't play.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  We don't even really know what happened.   It appears academic, but the truth is we don't know.   We don't really know what happened with Walkosky, either.

GTBob
GTBob

@GT Realist  You are ignoring that Justin Thomas exists and you are ranting about Byerly and Laskey and how boring they will be to watch, even though Laskey has always been a fairly good RB. Sorry if I made a false assumption, but it sounds like you think the white folk are boring.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@GT Realist  All time?  It's challenging to take anything you say seriously when you use hyperbole and come across with the emotional maturity of a five year old who didn't get a toy at the store.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GT Realist

Most successful season for Tech football since the 1990 season was under CPJ in 09. You remind me of Bham Jacket.  Just want to see your basic pro formation crap.

GTBob
GTBob

@GT Realist  Justin Thomas is the starting QB. He is black and fast. Can I be excited about him?

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@GT Realist  The best?   That's funny, because a player is probably going to be taken in the top 50 of the NFL Draft this evening.   But, by all means, continue to ignore that.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@GT Realist

And you took a shot at his height in the process, showing what an ignorant fool you are.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@MikeBanning  

Lies and distortions again.  You have not one bit of proof that any player has been suspended because of weed tests.  You just thrive on making stuff up to fit your stupid, hate-filled agenda.  Also, Custis didn't flunk out, since he passed all his courses this Spring.  What happened there is also unknown, but for whatever reason, he did not meet requirements to remain in school, at least as an athlete.  The only thing in complete disarray is your brain, what little of one you have left.  Maybe it's you that's been smoking weed.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Exactly. I'm sure paperwork was filed with the NCAA regarding Custis we'll before spring practice. The NCAA seems to have the most subjective random approach to eligibility and investigations. We got hammered over what seemed like nothing, having to vacate an entire conference championship, and programs like Miami and Auburn seem to prove you're better off cutting corners and take your chances with the NCAA.

Once the super conferences are in place, I think the NCAA will go by the wayside.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Not after he gets hit with California taxes!

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@GeorgeStein @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt  

Very true, and we may never know.  I'm not suggesting that this IS true, but it is entirely possible that since one of Griffin's responsibilities was academic liaison for the players, he may have bungled this one, accounting for his unexpected departure.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

It doesn't surprise me he was drafted. I happen to agree with a lot of scouts that don't think he will have any success there. That attitude of his will get adjusted too.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@PaulinNH @Birmingham__Jacket  

The Ga Southern QB was drafted in the 3rd round, and Murray still hasn't been drafted.  But didn't Ga Southern run the triple option?  Hmmmmm

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Birmingham__Jacket

"I don't think either ever had a good chance in the pros. 

NFL seems to look more at size and fundamentals than stats. Ie how much work is it going to take to perfect the player? "

What the heck are you talking about?  Neither of them have even signed a pro contract yet - and Manziel was just drafted in the first round as the 2nd QB taken.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Murray is not better than Manziel. Not even close. Both had impressive stats.

I don't think either ever had a good chance in the pros.

NFL seems to look more at size and fundamentals than stats. Ie how much work is it going to take to perfect the player?

Johnson is probably right that playing in the triple option isn't a big deal where your chances of going pro are concerned. You either have the skills and fundamentals or you don't. But unfortunately, that may not be the perception of kids coming out of high school.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Ha. Not if he wants to live longer than 90 days after he moves out there.