Attaochu is an intriguing player due to his ability to play either with his hand in the dirt, as a stand-up outside backer, or even as an inside rush linebacker. One thing is for certain: San Diego will definitely want the former Nigerian rushing the passer.
Attaochu has a motor that never stops. He is one of the more relentless pass rushers I have seen at the college level in quite some time. When you watch the tape on him, you see shades of Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake. Attaochu has the power to win battles, but also has amazing speed and quickness off the edge that will surely give offensive tackles trouble at the next level.
He will need to polish his pass rushing moves a bit, however. Attaochu uses a bull rush or a shoulder dip more often than not, but will need to add at least one more pass rushing move to that arsenal to become a dominant pass rusher at the next level.
Attaochu will likely be competing with Larry English and Dwight Freeney for snaps this season. Although it may be difficult for Attaochu to beat a seasoned veteran such as Freeney, he should be able to beat English for his pass rushing role on the team. Attaochu’s ceiling as an overall player is much higher than English’s, which could even spell the end for the former first-round pick.
San Diego has a bright future defensively with Attaochu and former first round pick Melvin Ingram at outside linebacker if Ingram can stay healthy. Both are incredible athletes and could become the best pass rushing duo this team has seen since Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips were wrecking havoc for the team years ago.