Pro Day Tour '14: Attaochu Caps OLBs

Georgia Tech sack master Jeremiah Attaochu is healthy and explosive, but will his elite athletic ability translate to elite production? Plus, Packers scouts saw a small-school receiver with explosive return ability and a great quarterback workout.

Last week, it was the safeties.

This week, it was the outside linebackers.

After seeing North Carolina's Kareem Martin on Tuesday and Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat on Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers had a scout at Georgia Tech on Friday to watch Jeremiah Attaochu.

Attaochu (6-3, 252) is one of the more intriguing defensive prospects in the draft. As a sophomore and junior, he starred as an outside linebacker in the Yellow Jackets' 3-4 scheme. As a senior, he moved to defensive end as a coaching change meant a switch to the 4-3.

He recorded 12.5 sacks as a senior en route to being named a third-team All-American. His career total of 31.5 sacks put him atop Georgia Tech's career list and fifth all-time in the ACC.

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former NFL general manager and scout, wrote at that Attaochu was "probably the most physically impressive looking OLB candidate in the game. His background in the 3-4 and 4-3 at (Georgia Tech) should help in his transition to the NFL. He has the kind of explosive strength and burst teams are trying to identify, but it must be harnessed and directed within whichever scheme he plays. He has the potential to stack the run and rush the passer, but will need time and patience to clean up his run/pass keys. Jerry will be worked out endlessly this spring as organizations determine his best position for their respective defenses."

It was at the Senior Bowl where Attaochu tore his right hamstring. The injury prevented him from testing at the Scouting Combine. On Friday, he ran in about 4.60 with a 37.5-inch vertical.

"Being able to show the scouts my athletic ability today was great," Attaochu told The Associated Press afterward. "The film shows that, but being able to reassure them out here at pro day."

A scout on Friday predicted Attaochu would be selected in Day 2 but was "not sure a team will get that kind of production initially." The scout worried about Attaochu's instincts and predicted he might be a "frustrating project." "The league is getting more versatile," Attaochu said. "They need guys like me that can stand up and put their hand in the ground. That definitely works to my advantage."

Among the other players working out was center Jay Finch (6-3, 290), who started 41 games in his career. He had an impressive workout with a 4.75 in the 40 and 28 reps on the bench. Fullback David Sims (5-11, 235) rushed for 2,252 yards and 23 touchdowns in Tech's wishbone scheme. Cornerback Louis Young (6-0, 196) picked off four passes as a three-year starter.

Georgia State

At 5-foot-9, receiver Albert Wilson wouldn't seem to be a fit for the Packers.

And yet, the Packers had a scout at Georgia State, with Wilson regarded as the lone draftable prospect and perhaps the only prospect who will even get into a camp.


Perhaps because Wilson can return kicks.

For his career, Wilson finished with 6,235 all-purpose yards, which ranks in the top 30 in NCAA history. Not only did he catch 175 passes for 3,190 yards (19.2 average) and 23 touchdowns, but he averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return with two touchdowns and a 9.2-yard average on punt returns. As a freshman, he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against powerhouse Alabama.

Wilson stuck with his Combine workout of 4.43 in the 40 and a 37.5-inch vertical.

Grant King (6-4, 292) started 40 games at right tackle. He ran in 5.00 with 20 reps on the bench. He is projected as a guard by scouts.


Quarterback Garrett Gilbert (6-3, 223) had a remarkable working, with his 87-of-88 accuracy marred only by a slightly off-target back-shoulder pass.'s Gil Brandt has all the highlights. In 10 games, he threw for 3,528 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Cornerback Kenneth Acker (6-0, 190) ran in 4.50 with a 36-inch vertical, according to He is coming off of back-to-back seasons of three interceptions and has a little return experience.

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