The San Diego Chargers needed another outside linebacker to pair with Melvin Ingram and they believe they found their guy in Jeremiah Attaochu.
The Chargers traded up seven spots in the second round of the NFL Draft to grab the linebacker. With Dwight Freeney and Jarret Johnson in their mid-thirties, San Diego needed to inject more youth into the position.
While the Chargers believe Attaochu will be a big contributor, I think it’s safe to say he has a lot of confidence in himself. When interviewed by the Union-Tribune San Diego Attaochu said, “I’m going to be an amazing player.” He then went on to say:
“I’ve been blessed throughout my career and I hope to continue that here. I’m going to be a fixture on this defense for years to come. I was a three-star recruit out of high school playing with all these four-and-five star guys. I had the drive to succeed. I was one of the best pass rushers to go through Georgia Tech. But I’m not a big hype guy.”
If you’re a Chargers fan you have to love how Attaochu approaches the game and his potential to be a big-time playmaker. His mentality will also be an asset to the rest of the Chargers’ defense. Players always thrive off of their teammates’ enthusiasm and hard work.
With that being said, nothing will be handed to Attaochu and he will have to work to get to where he wants to be with the Chargers.
Attaochu has the speed and athleticism to be that edge rusher San Diego desperately needs, but he will need to add strength and a few more moves to beat faster and stronger NFL lineman.
Ingram and Attaochu have the potential to be a force for the Chargers defense for the foreseeable future. Their development will be a key this season as it could be the last year veterans Freeney and Johnson are in San Diego.