Linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu is a pretty good athlete who specializes in rushing the quarterback. Able to get to the quarterback with blazing speed, Attaochu has very good range to make big plays anywhere on the field. The New York Jets need to add more playmakers on defense if they are to have a season that earns them a playoff spot. They have made significant upgrades on offense but are looking to add more depth and quality to the defense through the 2014 NFL Draft.
Considering the Jets have locked down linebacker Calvin Pace for the next few years, it would be wise to add a few more behind him just in case something happens. These days in the NFL, you just never know if a freak injury happens or if a player is on the decline. It’s always good to have a backup plan so one is prepared for anything. Attaochu would bring some great depth to the team since he will have a golden opportunity to be developed by strong veterans around him.
Attaochu needs some work since all he’s good at is rushing the quarterback in blitzing situations. When he has to come off the line of scrimmage, he struggles in the adjustment and looks like a deer in headlights on the field. He also falls for play-action plays too easily, and nine out of ten times he gets burned in doing so. These are just a few of the things he would need help in if he’s to have success in the NFL.
Projected to be an early to mid second-round draft pick, Attaochu knows how to make plays which should earn him an opportunity to be brought in as a work in progress kind of player. He’s a good tackler and his potential to improve is through the roof. He might need some help with certain aspects of being a better linebacker, but his work ethic is outstanding which is what makes him very enticing to the Jets. They continue to show a strong interest in him since they know he’s hard working, and under the right leadership he could turn into a superstar.
Overall, the Jets would be wise to consider Attaochu if he’s available in the second or even third round of the draft. He could turn out to be a real hidden gem and start wreaking defensive havoc in a Jets uniform down the road in his career.