Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu was one of two Yellow Jackets to be invited to participate in the 2014 Senior Bowl this Saturday in Mobile, Al. He, along with DB Jemea Thomas, were both invited to participate due to their play and by where they are expected to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft this April.
Attaochu will wear number 45 and Thomas will wear number 13 for the South Team, coached by the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff. The North squad will be coached by the Atlanta Falcons coaching staff (Atlanta is one of a few teams interested in the services of Attaochu at the next level). The pair of Tech defenders are the first Yellow Jackets since Anthony Allen in 2012 to be invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.
This years Senior Bowl also marks the first time since 2008 the Yellow Jackets had two representatives in the game, when Michael Johnson and Vance Walker suited up to represent Tech.
The Senior Bowl isn’t Thomas’ first shot at giving his draft stock a boost, as just last week he played in the East-West Shrine Game. Attoachu got the invite due to his play this year, where he was able to break Georgia Tech’s all-time career sacks record with 31.5. Thomas was able to tie the Georgia Tech record of games played while recording a total of 234 tackles over his Yellow Jacket career.
Attoachu is listed as a OLB, where he began his career on the Flats before moving to end. Thomas will be listed as a safety. If both come to play, and if both can perform to the best of their ability the exposure of the Senior Bowl could lead them to being drafted on Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft. Though Attaochu is projected as a first round pick by many scouts and general managers due to his ability to play both with a hand in the dirt and standing up.
Check back with us for further updates as we lead into the NFL Draft.