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Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu took his first big step towards his NFL dream today, when he participated in the Georgia Tech pro day at the Brock Family Indoor Practice Facility.
During the first part of the morning, players were timed on 40-yard dashes, shuttles and were showing off their ups in the vertical leap and long jump. Attaochu showed some impressive ability, clocking a 4.58 and a 4.63 forty times, a 37.5″ vertical, as well as a 7.28 3-cone, 4.64 short shuttle and 1.55/1.60 ten yard split times.
Attaochu is projected to be drafted as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end in the upcoming NFL Draft, and he looked the part as he was paired with another Yellow Jacket standout, Brandon Watts, in the linebacker drills. He showed no real effects of the torn hamstring that kept him from participating in the NFL Combine.
Some of the stiffness that would have been expected in hip flexibility drills was apparent, but Attaochu looked strong through every drill. Catching the ball looked awkward for Attaochu, something that he had never really been expected to do a lot of at Tech.
Once the position drills were done, some of the coaches wanted a longer look at Attaochu, and pulled him aside to do some additional drills that showed his strengths in pass rush and coming off the edge. He showed a lot of burst coming off the line with one hand on the ground (as expected), and had some of the scouts smiling.
Attaochu didn’t do anything to hurt his draft stock today, and he’ll definitely move up on the big boards of a few teams who saw his versatility.
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