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Jerry Attaochu
OLB #97
Height:
6-3
Weight:
252
Age:
21
College:
Georgia Tech
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Experience:
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Bio

The Chargers traded up seven spots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and selected Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu (uh-TAU-choo) with the 50th overall selection. To do so the Bolts sent their second (No. 57) and fourth-round (No. 125) picks to the Dolphins.

Unbeknownst to the Chargers, Attaochu long had his eye on becoming a Bolt. Unprompted, Attaochu actually approached several members of the team’s staff at the 2014 NFL Senior Bowl to gauge their interest in him.

Attaochu was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick at Georgia Tech, a first-team selection as a senior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore and junior. He also was a third-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior. He was a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets who finished his career with a school-record 31.5 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss, 196 total tackles and four forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, Attaochu racked up 69 tackles, 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss and as a senior, he set career highs with 12.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

The 21-year-old Attaochu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was eight. His father, Paul, was an exchange student in the U.S. in the 80s and he returned to Nigeria where he married Attaochu’s mom, Comfort, before the family returned to the States and settled in Washington, D.C. Attaochu wasn’t formally introduced to football until the ninth grade and it was only after he stumbled into a line for athletic physical exams, thinking they were for the soccer team, only to discover they were actually for football tryouts at Archbishop Carroll High in D.C.

Attaochu grew up playing soccer and he follows the sport closely. His favorite national teams are the United States, Nigeria and France.

Attaochu was a science, technology and culture major at Georgia Tech. With an eye toward life after football, he spent the last two years interning with the Barton Executive Search Firm in Atlanta, where Tech’s campus is located.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick by Chargers (50), May 9, 2014.

COLLEGE: All-ACC first team and third-team All-America by CBS Sports and Associated Press as senior in 2013 after ranking second in ACC and sixth in nation with 12.5 sacks to finish career with school-record 31.5...career-high four sacks in 2013 in-state rivalry game vs. Georgia...honorable mention All-ACC as sophomore and junior...2012 ACC Linebacker of Week after three-sack effort vs. Maryland...2011 ACC Linebacker of Week and Football Writers Association National Player of Week after three-sack performance, along with forced fumble, against North Carolina...started 37 of 49 career games and totaled 196 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss, interception and four forced fumbles...played at Georgia Tech from 2010-13...science, technology and culture major.

PERSONAL: Born in Ibadan, Nigeria...team captain as junior and senior at Archbishop Carroll High in Washington, D.C.

The Chargers traded up seven spots in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and selected Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu (uh-TAU-choo) with the 50th overall selection. To do so the Bolts sent their second (No. 57) and fourth-round (No. 125) picks to the Dolphins.

Unbeknownst to the Chargers, Attaochu long had his eye on becoming a Bolt. Unprompted, Attaochu actually approached several members of the team’s staff at the 2014 NFL Senior Bowl to gauge their interest in him.

Attaochu was a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick at Georgia Tech, a first-team selection as a senior and an honorable mention pick as a sophomore and junior. He also was a third-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior. He was a three-year starter for the Yellow Jackets who finished his career with a school-record 31.5 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss, 196 total tackles and four forced fumbles. As a junior in 2012, Attaochu racked up 69 tackles, 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss and as a senior, he set career highs with 12.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

The 21-year-old Attaochu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was eight. His father, Paul, was an exchange student in the U.S. in the 80s and he returned to Nigeria where he married Attaochu’s mom, Comfort, before the family returned to the States and settled in Washington, D.C. Attaochu wasn’t formally introduced to football until the ninth grade and it was only after he stumbled into a line for athletic physical exams, thinking they were for the soccer team, only to discover they were actually for football tryouts at Archbishop Carroll High in D.C.

Attaochu grew up playing soccer and he follows the sport closely. His favorite national teams are the United States, Nigeria and France.

Attaochu was a science, technology and culture major at Georgia Tech. With an eye toward life after football, he spent the last two years interning with the Barton Executive Search Firm in Atlanta, where Tech’s campus is located.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick by Chargers (50), May 9, 2014.

COLLEGE: All-ACC first team and third-team All-America by CBS Sports and Associated Press as senior in 2013 after ranking second in ACC and sixth in nation with 12.5 sacks to finish career with school-record 31.5...career-high four sacks in 2013 in-state rivalry game vs. Georgia...honorable mention All-ACC as sophomore and junior...2012 ACC Linebacker of Week after three-sack effort vs. Maryland...2011 ACC Linebacker of Week and Football Writers Association National Player of Week after three-sack performance, along with forced fumble, against North Carolina...started 37 of 49 career games and totaled 196 tackles, 31.5 sacks, 43.5 tackles for loss, interception and four forced fumbles...played at Georgia Tech from 2010-13...science, technology and culture major.

PERSONAL: Born in Ibadan, Nigeria...team captain as junior and senior at Archbishop Carroll High in Washington, D.C.

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