Senior Bowl Diary: Attaochu Could Be a Fit

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Georgia Tech

MOBILE, Ala. - Jeremiah Attaochu considers himself a problem-solver.

So when the Georgia Tech outside linebacker was in Nashville, Tenn. for the Music City Bowl last month and discovered there was no microwave to cook his chicken wings in his hotel, he decided to use other resources.


"It was crazy," Attaochu said this week at the Senior Bowl. "It showed up on the news the next day. ...I ate the wings. It was a real-life emergency. And when you have real-life emergencies, you do real-life things."

Attaochu (6-3 1/4, 252 pounds) is a player to watch in the coming months as the Eagles look to upgrade their talent at outside linebacker. He began his career as a rush linebacker in Georgia Tech's 3-4, but the team switched to a 4-3 his senior year. Attaochu showed he could be productive in either scheme, totaling 12.5 sacks as a senior (sixth in the country) and 10 as a junior (19th).

"It was a blessing in disguise for me to tune up my pass-rushing skills and work on my hands and the closer aspects of the game," Attaochu said. "And I felt like I did a great job of doing that throughout the season. It kind of made me a complete player."

Attaochu emphasized that he's willing to do whatever coaches ask, but he thinks he's better as a stand-up linebacker, rather than a 4-3 defensive end. In 2013, he was not asked to drop back into coverage, but Attaochu showed the versatility to play backwards earlier in his career.

Eagles outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern should be familiar with Attaochu, having coached in the same conference (at Boston College) before joining Chip Kelly's staff.

"I talked to Coach McGovern," Attaochu said. "He’s a great guy. He just wanted to know a little bit about me and told me about the process. Just told me how he’s gonna keep in touch with me and try to get to know me better between now and the combine."

With Trent Cole turning 32 next season and Brandon Graham entering the final year of his contract, outside linebacker is a priority position for the Eagles this offseason. That makes Attaochu a player to watch in the coming months.

Early projections have him as a second- or third-round pick. Below are a couple cut-ups of Attaochu, courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com.

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  • GEAGLE

    This will be our first round pick…if I had to handicapp prospects, I would give him the highest odds of being the 22nd pick. Intense kid, we would be really fortunate to add him…This is a goo kid for us to look into because of the order of the teams picking(not needing 3-4OLBs), there is a real good chance of this kid being on the board at 22, so we should be able to land him, if we want him.

    • cliff henny

      no issue with him being Eagles’ first pick, and that could even include moving back 10-15 spots, picking up early 3rd, maybe another mid rd.

      • GEAGLE

        Ideally, he doesn’t have the best combine and falls to us in round 2, I just think that will be far fetched by the time the draft process unfolds. It’s nice to be able to trust our coaches and FO people..I’m a defensive guy, so it’s only logical that I want to upgrade the most important position of a 3-4…but if we are choosing between Mike Evans,Benjamin, and the Nigerian, and coaches feel a guy like Evans is destined for superstardom and too good to pass up, I would be fine with it..

        But at the latest, we have to adress OLB in round 2. It’s a premier position that dries up Quickly, and typically you don’t find 5th round Gems as frequently as you do with OTs and OGs..
        ..
        I would love to trade back and still get attaboy, but that becomes risky when you see the 3-4 teams picking after us…for example, I think the saints will be choosing between WRs and OLB just like us, the pesky patriots

        • Will

          yeahI was thinking if Mike Evans drops you would almost have to pull the trigger at #22…

        • Tom W

          Ronnie Powell. Florida.

      • RIP illa

        If he doesn’t go round one, there’s no way he’s gonna be there for round 2 when we pick. Same thing happened to Collins last year. Spent most of the college season and pre-combine as a 3rd rounder, that I was really hoping we’d get, then the combine and it was all over for our chances to get him (well we still could of got him if we didn’t pick Ertz). Anyway…if we trade down it would have to be w/ an early 2nd rd pick for us to even have a chance. Once again, assuming he doesn’t go 1st.

        • cliff henny

          yeah, i just want my cake and eat it too. more guys that move into top 50, just pushes joyner to them in 3rd. get lsu wr in 2nd, howie can figure out the rest.

          • RIP illa

            I’m with you. I wish we had another second or 3rd tho. Would love to have to be able to walk away from this draft w/ a combo of Beckham and Matthews/Moncrief. Basically, definitely Beckham and a big bodied WR w/ good enough downfield speed. And w/o having to use our 1st or 2nd.

          • cliff henny

            read down thread further, questions about special teamers/wrs. to me, just watching live, this is where beckham stock shoots up. teams just stopped punting to him this year.

        • Tom W

          Nice observation and I am in basic agreement. Hoping a team w an early 2d round pick who passes on the top 3 qbs wants derek carr and trades back in with us to get him. Or someone who wants an otackle that drops who took a qb early in rd 1 or one of the stud wrs

    • ceedubya9

      I was hoping he could be snagged in the 2nd, but the more time goes on, the more and more it seems that he is reaching late 1st status. If the Eagles do want him, they would probably have to get him at 22.

      • Richard Colton

        He’s gone from possible 3rd round sleeper to “let’s hope he falls to #22.” Holy Morgen Moses!

        • Tom W

          I tried to tell them sportsline was way off w the third round grade two weeks ago lol

          • Richard Colton

            how long before the conversation is “let’s trade up for Attachou?”

          • Tom W

            not a bunch of 3-4 teams who need olbs in front of us luckily … if he pushes up maybe barr falls to us …

            I think the otackles will continue to push up past our pick too

            he is training at the most elite combine academy too .

          • Richard Colton

            even that says a lot about his work ethic. I’ll admit, I thought you were nuts last week when you said you would take this guy in round one. Now I’m not so sure.

          • Andy124

            Let’s trade up for AT-AT.

            Not long.

          • Tom W

            Nah I doubt it.

            I honestly have doubts he goes in the first 25 picks and think its more likely somewhere in the top 40. still a nice player. he isn’t an elite talent .. and guys who may fall back to 22 could be if those qb and otackle teams start loading up … luckily there is a few more otackles who could push into top 20 ontop of the 4 there already if a run starts .. giants, ravens, dolphins, raiders, cards lions all need oline help and others.

          • GEAGLE

            Luckily teams like Steelers and ravens are desperate for OT,WR..

            Arizona will look to QB/OT
            ..
            Those pesky Packers are the one team we have to worry about,because their entire D needs help

          • George

            the pack will either get pryor or attaboy, not both. So win-win

          • Will

            LMAO…way to go Dick…lol…

          • GEAGLE

            Sorry, but ii was the first one to say he was a def first round pick. Along with Calvin Pryor! and Anthony Barr potentially falling like Star LATULULIE….archives will show it :)

          • Tom W

            no you weren’t. YOu said 3d round two weeks ago. You want me to pull it. In that same exchange I said I liked him in the first.

            And who cares bro .. i don’t bang this blog to be happy about myself … i do it cause i enjoy it.

          • Richard Colton

            sometimes I put a paper bag over this blog before I bang it. Mostly because I was wrong about Nick Foles. I’m not happy about myself afterwards.

          • Tom W

            spit my food out that was hilarious

          • cliff henny

            dont pull my history on Foles. my ‘his ceiling is good back-up, kyle orton type’, just slightly off.

          • reb

            Somebody pull the stupid archive and paste it here and put this childish argument to rest please?

          • GEAGLE

            Archives will show I was the first to guarentee attaboy and Calvin Pryor were going in round 1, and that Anthony Barr will suffer a Star LATULULIE fall into the teens :)

          • Tom W

            K bro. Keep telling yourself that. You said attaboy was a third rounder two weeks ago. I also mentioned Pryor before you as well. But its not here nor there. I could really care less. sorry to blow up your self congratulatory spot

          • GEAGLE

            No buddy. There are archives there for a reason. I SAID Attaboy right now is mocked as a 3rd rounder, but pay no attention to it because he will be a first rounder by the time the process unfolds, and then someone like Colt or a will responded “Geez that high?”

            Try again Thomas :)

          • Tom W

            We both know what you said. you been hedging your bets on him for weeks. but keep highfiving yourself. its hilarious.

          • cliff henny

            just dont steal my Landry or campanaro…been on them since september.

          • cliff henny

            not sure when you started posting, or if you were under different screne name (good to have you aboard) take out rd discusion, i came on nov 14th at about 8pm (clemson game), posting ‘who the heck is this atta-something guy?’ got crickets. since then, he’s been on alot of radars.

          • devCal

            he’s going for ‘poster credit’.

        • theycallmerob

          shhh, keep moses quiet, there’s still hope he drops…..

          • Richard Colton

            I blame you Mr. “here’s a guy nobody is talking about we can snag in round 4″

  • Will

    If Maclin gets an offer the Eagles do not match. I see WR being a bigger need depending on who drops in the draft….

    • Jarrod

      I noticed that a lot too. Although it looked like they used it to set up the stunt. Once the Tackle committed to Attaochu to the inside they started pulling the DT around him to the outside. May have been by design but it was the only move he used the entire game I watched. I’m not sold at the moment.

      • Will

        Not real high on any of the OLB other than Clowney….

        • Tom W

          Guess you haven’t watched a second of mack or barr then … wow … both couldve went first in last year’s draft.

          • Will

            Do you actual think either gets past the first 21 picks to us?

          • Tom W

            Who knows. we could trade up to 11 … 15 pretty easily. Your questionable statement was you weren’t “real high” on any other olb other than clowney … your exact words … meaning you aren’t real high on mack or barr and I think that is fucking nutz and shows you are throwing shit at the wall and hoping something sticks so you can get a safety w pick one. Trust me bro, the eagles don’t care what you or I think … and its not about bashing this guy or liking that guy … you bashing every guy who isn’t a safety isn’t getting the eagles closer to drafting one. this may be your worst thread of all time .. atleast 6 completely off-based (and often ridiculous and wrong) statements

        • levdog

          Thats why i feel that the Eagles are going wide receiver with that 1st pick, very deep quality class and there will be a handful to choose from at 22.

    • GEAGLE

      How can replacing our 3rd WR, be more important then replacing our starting 3-4OLB(only the most important position of a 3-4)??

      Not to mention, the premier pass rushers will dry up a lot quicker then the WRs…there will be much more talented WRs on the board in rounds 3-4, then their will be pass rushing OLBs.

      There is nothing more important then improving our Nickle defense and ability to get off the field on 3rd and 7 or longer..our base defense is already in place(minus the safety starting next to Wolff)…Improve our 3rd down pass rush, and our playmaking centerfielder safety, while our young players take the next step in their development, and we will have a defense in place that we can contend with…We can’t eat Coles dead money right now. Since we are paying for it, we might as well get something out of one of the best run defenders at the position who sets the edge as well as anyone in the league…Play Cole so we can bring the OLB along slowly. As a rookie, he should just be a 3rd down pass rush specialist, with the hope that he can take over full time the following year. Cole for all his limitations is an ELITE run defender. No matter who we draft, they won’t play the run better as rookies then Cole

      • Will

        Geagle your thoughts on Kareem Martin for a possible OLB…

        • GEAGLE

          Not enough intell to speak on him..I’ll get back to you when I get up to speed on him

      • Mr. Wu

        do you see Maclin as our 3rd reciever? Because I don’t. But I really want defense in the first round.

        • Will

          Ditto…hoping they work a trade for Brandon Graham for an OLB would be nice…

          • GEAGLE

            Don’t shoot the messenger, but we aren’t trading Graham, because another team would have to agree to the trade, teams aren’t lining up to give up draft picks for a guy who’s contract expires at the end of next season! who won’t have much time to prove that he deserves an extension to the team that trades for him. This isn’t madden. The other team has to agree to the trades lol

            Accepting a 7th round pick for him is short sited. the FA market for OLBs this year BLOWS. If we have a BIG Offseason and really solidify this team with young talent that will be here for the next 3 years, we might be really really passive in next years FA market. Put the finishing veteran touches to your roster THIS YEAR and spend next year extending your own guys…so if we are going to be passive in next years market, only signing our own young players, then the compensatory pick we will be awarded for losing our first round pick will be much more valuable then the 6th or 7th rounder you would get this year.

          • Will

            Gotcha…

          • GEAGLE

            We could end up getting a 3rd rounder for letting Graham walk. That’s way better then taking a 7th for him, and signing a guys in FA that we will just want to replace anyway.
            …This market is bad!!!…I don’t see anyone we realistically sign that is so much better then Graham, that it’s worth eating the dead money associated with trading him, and take a 6th or 6th or 7th round pick.

            Graham isn’t good enough, but he should be better next year then he was this year. That transition doesn’t happen overnight…it’s not possible for us to have seen the best it gets,for Brandon. So soon….His best won’t be good enough to start. But it could be comperable to the other backups on the market.
            ..
            OT/QB/Edge rusher are valued above all the other positions. You pretty much have to draft your pass rush terror. no one will trade him to you, and you have to drastically overpay for ones in FA. What did Kruger’s brother sign for last year? 50million? And IMO, he isn’t some ALL PRO. Orakpo is going to demand a boatload, and he isn’t the elite of the elite..

            Basically. If you ever want an Elite pass rusher, you have to draft him yourself, and you typically don’t see Elite pass rushers emerge from 5th and 6th rounds. I feel like you have a much better chance of finding a stud Olinemen n the 5th round then you do with a DE

          • GEAGLE

            And if you don’t want to draft one, you will get stuck paying Elite All pro money to borderline A listers like Orakpo and Paul Kruger…..It’s really one of those positions where you are stuck having to draft your own, and most likely, stuck investing a high pick on drafting your own

          • Will

            Kony Ealy is interesting but looks like he played DE in a 4-3 but great pass rusher….wonder if they might consider him if he fell to us…

          • GEAGLE

            That’s a question that has been bothering me:
            ..
            Do we,just look for the most disruptive pass rusher, in which case 4-3DE prospects like Cole would get a look, a predator type
            .,.
            Or are we looking for a pass rusher who can also drop in of overage to maximize our defensive disguise?
            ..
            Keep hearing that the NFL is much higher on Kony then the mock people realize. I think he goes 8-15 range, and He probably won’t get passed Dallas and the Giants…if he can climb into that range I think it could help push Anthony Barr down into the teens.
            ..
            I love Kony, but really doubt he falls into the 20s

          • Will

            I wonder the same myself is it better to get a guy you see on tape in a 3-4 OLB spot or take a chance to convert a DE…I think Cole did a lot better than people thought he would in that spot…well it’s all speculative till #21 is picked and we see who’s on the board not to mention who they target in FA to determine BPA…

          • GEAGLE

            It depends on the individual. You can just look at how stif Trent Coles hips are and know that no matter how hard he works at it, and how much experience he gains, there will always be a limit to what we ask him to do as an OLB..when we ask a DE like him to drop, we are asking him to cover skill players which are world class athletes lol
            ..
            But not all 4-3DE prospects are created equal. I’m sure there are guys out there playing DE who are way more fluid of an athlete then Cole, who have a chance to develop into an OLB you can ask to do different things..
            ,,,
            Take Connar Barwin! Who is as well rounded as an OLB as we will ever find. Jack of all trades who we ask to wear 10 different “hats” each week..the guy started off as a TE/4-3DE, and was developed into the well rounded OLB we see today
            .
            So there will definitely be 4-3DE prospects that we look at…my question is more, would we settle for a disruptive straight forward Jared Allen type who we won’t be able to ask to do anything but rush the QB, or does the 4-3DE prospect we look at have the potential to be a well rounded OLB like Barwin?

          • Tom W

            Think that you answered your own question … davis would prefer what the steelers had … scheme versatility at his olb position so the qb doesn’t know whose coming all the time … drafting the cole type basically eliminates that … would be more a 4-3 under is what I think you are describing (and i like that d) but its not what they want to do.

          • cliff henny

            another guy that’s mocked quite often to Dallas…along w/haha and hageman

          • anon

            Money has gotta go somewhere. Once we grab an OLB graham will never see the field if the comp pick is a third that’s great. Graham has shown flashes and there’s lots of 4-3 teams looking for pass rushers. Perhaps he’ll be part of a player swap.

          • GEAGLE

            Having trouble with Disque, that’s why I keep responding to my own comments:

            I think we can all agree that Graham doesn’t have a future here. But reality is that the film really does show him making some nice improvements at his new role as the season progressed. he made some plays the last 3 games that I swear ii didn’t think he was capable of. This was a big transition for Graham, it’s impossible for him to have played to his ceiling this year, so soon in the transition. So while I don’t think he is good enough to be our answer at OLB and have a future here, bringing him back for one year isn’t the end of the world, especially when you take a look at the anorexic OLB market..Do I really care if we bring back Graham instead of signing an Obrien Scofeld type? Not really..Graham isn’t good enough! but that doesn’t mean he won’t be better then he was this past season…

            If you get rid of him now, and sign a FA

          • Tom W

            nobody is going to want a former first rounder in a trade on last year of contract who is close to being cut

        • GEAGLE

          No, I see a Maclin as walking! or us bringing him back if he is having a hard time finding a job. If we were to bring Mac back, I doubt we would count on a player returning from a devestating knee injury. basically, I think anything he brings would be Gravy..

          I also think our 3rd WR is different from the traditional slot role. We moved all our WRs into the slot this year at one time or another…I don’t think you need to be that prototypical Wes welker slot machine type to be the 3rd WR in this offense.

          I think we will go into the season Counting on Desean,Coop, and Avant. As the year goes on, we work the WR we draft into the lineup(how we brought Ertz along)..and if Maclin has his speed back, he will get rotated into the lineup..

          I don’t think wants the traditional top 3 WR, with the bench being guys that play ST and rarely see the field on offense. I think Chip wants to have a stable or WR weapons that he can rotate in and out of the game depending on packages. Our WR depth sucked this year

          • Will

            DJax,Coop and Evans would be wicked out there together…

          • GEAGLE

            The WR we draft this year will start off as depth, taking Maehl and Damaris spots..as the year goes on like Ertz!mthe hope us we can work them more and more into the lineup, but for the WR we draft to really be a success, the hope is that they will grow into stars who 3 years from now, replace Desean and Coop

            This WR class is so deep that. Feel bad for the FA WR..I think this class is gonna screw with the WR market lol….so deep with talent..
            ..
            we got NOTHING from Damaris. NOTHING. if you are going to sit at the end of our bench, you better be bringing something to special teams. he brought NOTHING. Maehl did better, but not enough to where we shouldn’t upgrade.
            ..
            such a deep WR class, that I hope we add two.
            I want a big boy, ATleast 6’3 to ADD to Coop,Ertz,Celek and
            I want a smaller BURNER, under 200lbs like Brandin Cooks, Jarvis Landry, I keep hearing we are high on Marquis Lee(for whatever that’s worth), but you won’t ever see me get hype over USC players..
            ..
            TWO WR who can grow into weapons for our pocket passer, and improve our ST units(that definitely needs an infusion of talent)

          • Ark87

            would be ideal if one of them was a ST return star, but we’ve seen that not translate well to the NFL in the cases of Maclin and Boykin. Maybe FA is the way to find a return specialist?

          • GEAGLE

            Heard we liked Cordarrell Patterson last year. Someone like him would definitely be ideal:
            beats up little people(blocking)
            solves return man problem
            Brings the speed Chip needs to help stretch field and create spac
            explosiveness would serve well in the best big play offense in the NFL

            Who are the best return men out of the top 20 WR prospects?

          • Ark87

            Good question, I’m not sure, but we know Chip loves versatility, and loves his special teams. Could make things interesting.

            And man it would have been pretty sick if we landed Patterson.

          • GEAGLE

            Yup..we have seen how important of a role ST plays in who makes our roster as a backup, and the ST is the one unit that didn’t progress the last month of the season, so I expect it to be a major priority this offseason..which is why I don’t see how we could keep a guy like Nate Allen as our 3rd safety….
            ..
            We also have to keep in mind that we don’t carry any fullbacks, which are usually key ST players. The ONLY TE we have playing ST is Casey…this puts even MORE pressure on your LBs,WRs and safeties and corners to be MAJOR ST contributors…most of our starters are coming back, the depth is what needs a makeover, and YOU KNOW special teams play will weigh heavily on the depth selection process

          • Ark87

            What are you looking for in a return man?

            For KR, I’m looking for a guy that picks a seam the moment he gets the ball in his hands and just goes immediately (hesitation has been killing our KR’s for years, and don’t try to go from full speed to slowing down to make a cut on the 20, you will get killed). I’m kind of a fan of the bigger guys that have popped up with that deceptive speed. People are running full speed the other direction, it can be really hard to adjust an angle on that deceptive speed, causing them to whiff or not get a clean hit, the size helps the returner run through the contact.

            It’s hard to judge returners on college production alone. You want to make sure fearlessness and instinct are making the production, not just being a member of a dominant return team/ getting all your production against scrubs (big lanes and elite speed does the work for you in college). I may have to dig up some tape on these guys.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol I’m looking for that boring, straight forward Brian Mitchell type, which sounds like what you have in mind,.Basically a big, powerful, straight line speed Cordarrel type

          • Andy124

            Polk!

          • GEAGLE

            Lol rumble young man rumble..

            Brandin cooks is a little Steve smith bad ass type who I would love to see return punts, but I don’t know how I feel about him on pickoffs…I wwant a KR to ATleast be 6’1

          • Andy124

            For whatever reason, just flashed to when BO’B had Gerald Hodges back on kick return 1 time. Ugh.

            Yeah, I like some size in KoR too. We’ve still got Brad Smith next year. So adding talent there is more of a luxury than a need. Was never a fan of Boy King back there. Too valuable, not productive enough.

          • Ark87

            Brian Mitchell is exactly the type of runner I had in mind. Fearless and decisive, tough. But there have also been some taller guys popping up recently, they don’t LOOK like typical return guys, but they’ve been productive. Over 6 foot tall and over 210 pounds, Jacoby Jones and Cordarrelle Patterson are prime examples of this, also Jeremy Ross who smoked us pretty bad.

          • cliff henny

            beckham, lsu. watching him on ST, felt like every tackle was a TD saving one. none of that run into a wall of guys, he found something. dont think he’s as polished as landry, but freak catching ability and RAC.

          • Ark87

            Def going to check that out

          • cliff henny

            geagle tomW RIP (of top of my head) are film guys, i’m not that deep, so just going off live, but F those 2 guys made z mettenburg rd 1 talk for awhile, and he stinks.

          • Ark87

            If you’ve seen enough LSU games live, you probably have a better feeling for it than most. The highlight cut ups you find on you tube can be misleading. Hard to figure out a player’s baseline performance without larger context. The ones that focus on 1 game’s snaps are better, but often that performance is an exceptional standout game, and can be an outlier.

          • cliff henny

            Beckham, lsu. dude is a beast on ST. Landry does nice job when he gets a chance, and would be upgrade, but nothing like beckham.

          • GEAGLE

            Kick off and punt?
            ..
            I like Brandin Cook at PR..Steve smith Jr lol, but I don’t know how I feel about him at KR

          • cliff henny

            yup. no one punted to him. look up stats-dont know them offhand, he might not have alot, cause no one was foolish enough. watched a ton of lsu, trust me, we want one of those 2 guys.
            .
            cooks is little small to be in that 1/2nd talk with some of these other guys, for eagles.

          • GEAGLE

            It dawned on me that the cut ups I been watching of these guys don’t include ST play….WTF!!
            ..
            Brandin is Tiny, he is going to have to set the combine on fire if he wants to sneak into the end of round 1…I like that kid a lot, but there are so many Big Boy prospects with talent in the first two rounds, that it’s really tough for me to pass of them for a tiny WR, even if he is a lil bad ass Steve smith type…if we are adding a smaller weapon like him I hope we traded back and got an extra pick

          • cliff henny

            maybe lee was PR, wadkins was freshman yr, those 5-15 guys, Beckham is hands down best STr. its actually ridiculous.
            .
            thing abot cook is he went nuts only this last year. before that, coaches were on him about conditioning and putting on muscle. double edge sword, guy did it, had great season, but why did it take him till 3 yrs into it? glass half full half empty argument i guess.

          • ceedubya9

            Beckham definitely seems like a solid all around player that could contribute right away in one way or another. I’d definitely be happy to have him on this team.

          • anon

            There’s a bro bowler, and and a super bowl mvp* hitting FA this year.

          • Maggie

            Golden Tate. WR and PR. FA before draft don’t forget.

          • GEAGLE

            Not gonna happen

          • GEAGLE

            Won’t let me edit..

            Our WR depth sucked this year, yet we still saw Maehl and Brad rotate into the lineup…
            ..
            I think we really lacked the speed Chip would like to have on offense especially at WR, wherre Desean was our only WR with above average speed. This offense is build in speed stretching the defense thin, creating massive holes to isolate mismatches with plenty of room to beat your man one on one…I don’t think we are even close to having the speed Chip wants, so I expect the WR corp to get a makeover. But that won’t just happen in one offseason,
            ..
            Think we add two FAST Young WR this year, replacing Maehl and Damaris
            ..
            Think we add two more fast young WRs NEXT year,replacing Avant and Brad Smith

            And if those WR develop properly, the following year we will replace Desean and Coop, and in 3 years We will have a brand new WR corp, the Chip Kelly Era WR corp.

            Chip wants to CONTEND NOW. in Order to BUILD, while Contending, the change needs to be gradual. Too much change in one offseason means taking TWO or THREE GIANT steps back to then hopefully take 5 steps forward…But to win NOW while transitioning into the NEW ERA, you start by replacing the depth with talent and potential! the hope is that it develops and gives you enough comfort to where the following year! they become starters! and you replace them with new Depth additions….

            Chip isn’t just going to cut players that made us successful and instantly replace them…we will bring in talent at depth! grow it! and hope to promote from with in.?so for example! Avant: we know he isn’t good enough to be the future, so if you want him replaced! you better get his eventual replacement on the team and start growing him, so he can be ready to replace Avant next year. So THIS YEAR, the WR we will replace are the ones we aren’t counting on, Maehl and Damaris…..if they WR we draft to replace them, grow enough as rookie, they will take the next step next year and replace Avant in the lineup, and then we draft another WR to replenish our depth

      • Will

        Agree OLB is biggest need on Defense just not crazy about the draft prospects that may fall to #22 or what’s available in FA….

    • Tom W

      Huh? there are wrs galore into the third round at least … guys like martavius bryant, davante adams, the lsu kids, robinson, jordan matthews, moncrief could all be floating around in the 2d or 3d round after the combine especially when we see their real 40 times ….

      Even if we bring back coop and maclin .. I don’t think need is what the eagles are looking at in the first round. They are looking at elite talent to make this team better … probowlers. So wr is still a strong possibility. Same w Sheed cause he makes you better at d end, ntackle and the entire secondary.

      Doesnt matter what we want .. its what the eagles have shown in last years draft and what they been constantly saying … they really haven’t wavered from what they preach … bpa .. johnson, ertz, logan, barkley, wolfe, kruger, poyer …. everyone could argue we had greater needs then te and qb at the time … but they were bpa … same w curry, boykin draft … bpa. krueger and poyer were obvious bpa.

      Really will depend on the eagles board. I expect there will be a couple olbs they could live with in second round or third round maybe .. the louisville olb especially .. ford too …van noy … ronnie powell even later or breslin

      • cliff henny

        i need one of the lsu boys. beckham hands and return ability, landry is so smooth, not sure he was ever covered. and moncrief, he might be there in 4th. i’m with johnny geagle, want 2 wrs out of this draft.

        • GEAGLE

          You figure the only Chip Kelly type speed we had this year (non RBs) was Desean and Ertz. You have to think Chip will want to upgrade the WR speed. WR rarely are draft and start players. Even the great BelLiciek and Brady couldn’t make it work. A FOOLISH coach and GM would say screw Coop and Avant, they aren’t fast enough! we have to draft WRs, so let’s cut them now. a smart coach says we have to bring them along slowly like Ertz so we bring back our starters, replace the depth at the end of the bench, and hope the kids you are drafting grow enough to eventually replace your starters…

          I don’t think our decision makers are fools, I think they value continuity, there for I think coop and Avant stay, Maehl and daMaris get replaced with draft picks
          ..
          Cliff maybe you know better then me, but I’m going crazy trying to figure out where the LSU boys get drafted…no idea, sometimes I think round 1, sometimes I think round 3

          • cliff henny

            let’s not forget brad smith. give him an off-season to work in. tough to bring recrs in half way thru seasons and expect much. always liked him.
            .
            was surprising how those 2 rookies struggled, especially as good as they looked coming out of the gates against eagles in scrimmage and game.

          • anon

            Agree, but think they were both UFAs. Given their measurables they were UFAs for a reason (mental) and they stayed hurt.

            Crazy Pats made it to AFC champs with the kind of luck they had this year.

          • cliff henny

            dobson was high pick, early rd 2, i believe. thompkins was much later, 7th, if memory serves.. NE is really benefiting from terrible devision. has to be worst division outside of pats over last 12 yrs. almost handed 5-1 record. be nice when bradybelichick era ends.

          • Maggie

            Maybe soon. Belichik can coach but Brady is getting mighty close to 40 and there are starting to be murmers about his ability maybe waning.

    • Maggie

      FA first, with a number of very good WRs.

  • Johnny Domino

    Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

  • Tom W

    I will be banging the table hard for the Nigerian Nightmare … depending on his combine broad jump, 20m shuttle, and 3-cone … for the first round or early second if we can trade back and pick up a 3d and 3d next year. Dont think we certainly take him at 22 if Lee, Adams, Benjamin, or Sheed are there because I believe the birds may view them as better players w elite talent. Think we take him over either safety unless the louisville kid runs late out.

    best scouting article I have seen on him

    http://www.optimumscouting.com/scout-s-notes/articles/georgia-tech-s-jeremiah-attaochu-and-why-his-versatility-will-appeal-to-3-4-and-4-3-defenses.html

    Here are nine games against big time opponents over 3 years — he destroys Georgia and Clemson his senior year.

    http://draftbreakdown.com/players/jeremiah-attaochu/

    here is another really nice scouting write up on every aspect of his game. He is nothing like Bruce Irvin … much longer and bigger and better in coverage and against run .. but I hope as athletic.

    Looking as past combine over 7 yrs .. broad jump and 3 cone and 20m shuttle are good indicators …. I think he is comparable to a Clay Matthews at the high end to Jamie Collins at the low end.

    Importantly, I think his best trait is pass rush from edge. very violent hands to counter tackles if first move doesn’t work. multiple moves. great pursuit. good in coverage. needs to work on tackling lower and reading plays better.

    Also listened to like 4 interviews from college for him and he is very well spoken, intelligent, professional, and nice kid. Talked about learning from his coaches, putting in extra time in the offseason, and mentoring younger players.

    • Tom W
    • NickS1

      Think it was you who has been on this guy for a little while now. Good call.

    • Bird of Prey

      Great research Tom!

    • guest

      Great post. I’m hoping he lasts until the 2nd. Maybe he twists an ankle before the combine and can’t do the drills and we dont have to worry about him being pulled up into the first. One of the safeties or WRs (or a CB) in the first and this guy in the 2nd would phenomenal.

      But you cannot – CANNOT – call him the Nigerian Nightmare! That nickname belongs to Christian Okoye, and Christian Okoye only!

      And for those youngsters on here that dont know about Christian Okoye, do yourself a favor and take a trip over to YouTube. (or just play Tecmo Super Bowl on old school Nintendo and use the Chiefs)

      • Will

        Look up Steve Atwater while your at it…the smiling assassin another Great Free Safety…

        When told Okoye is in the game at FB “I don’t give a F*** if is WR”
        Impacting a game at FS the way it should be…

      • Tom W

        Yes I can and will. Christian would appreciate it. highschool football coach. good guy.

    • Will

      Very nice research Tom but not sold on the guy looks like a project. I prefer someone who would start right away at #22….

      • Tom W

        project? I think you would be the only one in the country calling him a project but thanks … seriously project? you are just pulling shit out of your ass now.

        I seriously have read about a dozen scouting reports on him and not one has used the word “project” or even assinuated that he isnt ready. he was a three year starter for an acc team … he is scheme diverse — which means he is so adept and playing olb and d end that he could be drafted by both a 4 -3 team and 3 – 4 team bc he did well both his junior and senior year. Project?

        do you even know what project means??? … I seriously don’t think you do and just pulled it out of your ass to disagree bc he isn’t a safety. you watched one half of one game where he had two sacks. project??? are you smoking crack??

        May be the most off-base thing you have ever said, and that is saying alot because you make a few a week.

        • Jay

          I just watched that Georgia game and i think he only flashed on the Tape on one play where he beat the tackle inside and then beat the RB blocking. Other then that i didn’t see him make a big impact and rarely got any pressure or was able to set an edge. He looked small and was pushed around in that Georgia game.

          • Tom W

            I disagree but thats why there are 8 games … watch the clemson game fsu game miss st. He goes nutz in the clemson game. in Georgia game he consistently showed his strong first step by beating the tackle inside in the first half and getting a sack and 3 hurries and in the second half he switched moves and showed his scheme versatitlity by playing two positions.

            also one game doesn’t make idiot’s statement that he is raw anymore true.

        • Will

          So you think the kid gets drafted say at #22 he can come in and start over Trent Cole and beat him out in camp…gonna re watch the Clemson game and see who he beat on the O-Line…but really it’s not that he is not a safety…just do not think he be an impact player day 1 in the NFL at an OLB position…then again just my thoughts…

      • Tom W

        Watch the clemson or ole miss 2013 game where he goes reggie white and literally takes the games over dope. Project my freaking ass

  • Andy124

    I figure with Chip’s hurry up attack, we pick Clowney, Barr, Evans, Pryor, Dix, Benjamin, Moses, Nix and Hagemen with our 22nd pick. Any complaints?

    • Tom W

      Attempt at sarcasm wasn’t your best.

      • Andy124

        Sarcasm isn’t really the right word, but hey, got to throw out some clunkers so there’s something for the good ones to be better than.

    • Will

      Sounds about right…. Concerns:….Nix knee surgery … Benjamin’s dropped passes….Morgan Moses OT….not the sexiest pick ….the rest we’d be blessed if one fell to us…

      • Token

        If they take another OL in the 1st im gonna come and piss on your lawn.

        • Will

          Those were Andy124 thoughts….I’m hoping for Callvin Pryor to fall to us…OT again? Doubt it very much…

    • Token

      Nix no thanks. 1. Hes from ND. 2. Major injury.

      Wouldnt touch him in the first two rounds.

      • Andy124

        Hey, when you get ot pick 9 players in the 22nd slot, you have to make some sacrifices.

        So I take it you wouldn’t want to sign Golden Tate? (Or would you prefer to call him Golden Taint?)

  • theycallmerob

    “It was a real-life emergency. And when you have real-life emergencies, you do real-life things.”

    get this man, and this mindset, into our locker room immediately.

    • GEAGLE

      When everyone uses the word “INTENSE” to best describe you, sounds like just the ferocity we need to add to our locker room. Dude will flip the switch on Sundays and go Full psycho for 60 minutes,,,Cary Williams bark will look like a little jack Russle next to this kid.

      Really starting to think it will come down to Attaboy,Anthony Barr,Kelvin Benjamin, Mike Evans,Van Noy(expect him to blow us away at the interview)

      • theycallmerob

        that’s an ok group in my book.

        I’m more blown away at the fact that he considers chicken wings to be eligible for DEFCON 2. He does know the Wing Bowl takes place in Philly, right? Someone tell this man about the Wing Bowl!!!

        • NickS1

          If we drafted him he better hit up that wing bowl before Huls & Co. put the kabash on the unhealthy stuff.

    • anon

      If he and sconces are on the team together i might just become a philly journalist, stories will write themselves.

    • Maggie

      I like that he not only took care of the emergency, he took care of the borrowed tools. Used a cloth between the wings and the iron! Problem solver and maybe a new Jeremiah on the defense!

    • Brian

      He channeled his ‘Inner Chip’ for that quote.

  • JofreyRice

    I haven’t watched Attaochu, or Ga. Tech this year. Based on these two cutups, he looks like a…”high motor player”. Really active flowing down the line, and in pursuit. Looked like he was trying to beat the tackle inside almost exclusively in the first half of the Georgia game. I’m guessing that was his assignment. It seemed like they were having him try and bend the edge more in the 2nd half, when Ga. Tech had a 10 point lead. He looks better stunting inside, or with the outside-in move he was setting the LT up with. Pretty nice first step. I don’t think it’s nearly as good as Barr, but as a former RB, I guess Barr’s probably got that in the bag. It did seem like he ended up on the ground a few more times than you would have liked in both those games, and seemed a little stiff.

    With that tiny sample size, I can’t say he looks like a surefire firstrounder I’d be jumping up and down about, or some quantum leap from what Cole did this year. I’d be cooler with taking him in the second, but if Chip and the guys think he’s good clay to work with, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt. I have read that the Jaguars staff has been playing him all over the defense, and he hasn’t had as much opportunity to show his passrush chops.

    • Tom W

      I think he goes in top 40 … not a sure fire first rounder because this draft is stacked w so many jacked up sophs and juniors that I can ever remember. But because there is a lot of first round talent I don’t expect as much movement in players as compared to last year … alot less potential or projection guys … guys have a lot of good tape this year
      His stock really depends on what similar players do at combine … dee ford, the olb from louisville, the junior d end from boise st, … i would certainly rather have mack or barr or sheed or benjamin or adams. I could definitely see ealy going before him and probably ford too.

      • JofreyRice

        I’ve read from several sources that Dee Ford is tearing it up at the senior bowl practices. I wonder if he’s got the physical dimensions Kelly is looking for from that position? Guy gives up 10 inches of wingspan to Attaochu. You could make the argument, that the most productive OLB for Lebeau’s 3-4 fire zone–James Harrison–probably wouldn’t make the cut, if they were going by physical dimensions only.

        • Tom W

          There are always exceptions (like Harrison or a Sam Mills) to the physical dimensions argument … its not 100 percent accurate but it has more “hits” than players who are shorter, stubbier, weight less, or are slower. Same goes for every position … ltackles, qbs, etc. the predictability of a hit vs a bust is much higher if a player meets certain thresholds .. handsize and height and wunderlic for qbs ..etc.

          the physical dimensions is also about thebig guy thing … we want bigger guys bc after awhile if you draft smaller guys and make exceptions you end up small and prone to getting beat up by bigger teams … basically want andy defense looked like the last couple years .. way too small up the middle and basically everywhere. and for an olb they gotta cover tall tes sometimes too

          Think chip is looking for 6 3 – 6 6 — 245 – 260 lbs 33-35 inch arms .. would probably drop that height if the guy had longer arms … big reason a guy like jarvis jones dropped and hence didn’t show much either vs. jharrison argument. Weight is less of a concern if the wrists/knees measure out w the formula showing they have the frame to add proper weight.

          • Tom W

            Like dee ford as well … definitely forcing teams to go back and watch more gametape on him … he could leap into top 20 w a sick combine .. dunno bout chip though

    • Tom W

      Watch the ole miss and clemson 2013 games … he literally dominates on the edge and alters the game. You also have to realize that he is playing more 4 3 d end senior yr in a brand new defense when his junior year he played exclusively 3 4 olb for a different coordinator and still had double digit sacks.

      • JofreyRice

        Yeah, like I said, I’m really just looking at the cutups linked in this article. I’m not claiming some vast and deep understanding of him as a player, and quite frankly, I don’t have the time to study him exhaustively. He did have his hand in the dirt a lot on these videos. I’m just saying he didn’t jump out to me as a first round guy, but ultimately, I trust Chip to make the right call. He’s earned the benefit of the doubt with me. I’ll be curious to see his combine numbers–like I said, looked a bit stiff trying to go around the edge, yet he’s billed as being very athletic. We’ll see.

  • Will
    • Andy124

      Sounds like a good QB prospect. ;)

      • Will

        OLB but touche…can’t wait for his 40 time at combine….4.47 I doubt he falls to us…not with Baltimore, Dallas and Green Bay all in the market…

        • Andy124

          Safety. Still a very nice time to go with his size.

        • RIP illa

          I’d be really really amazed if he ran a 4.47. Actually shocked!!! Then I’d start to understand, outside of the big hits and height, what all the hype is about.

          • Will

            I’m curios too seen 4.6, 4.7 as well…..

    • Tom W

      No one has timed his 40 yet and not since atleast he was a senior in high school … no way anyone has done it officially so please stop relying on forty times … combine is the official time (high-low-average) and the proday is what people look at. …. many a wr and corner have rumored 40 times beforehand and scouts are very disappointed once they get to combine or proday.

  • Eagledelphia

    well I thought I was going to be very impressed with the Georgia tape after reading some comments but really all I kept thinking was Georgia has a pretty good left tackle. The impressive play was the first half sack off of the inside move where he sheds the running back and still brings down the qb. But a lot of times he wasn’t getting stonewalled and relying too much on his inside move. Ill have to check some of the other tapes out though

    • Tom W

      Clemson FSU Miss st. … people would be crying if he used an outside rush move all the time like jordan did … he has multiple moves and in the GA game it looked like the first half was scheme specific to go inside and disrupt the pocket vs edge rush

      • Eagledelphia

        Ill definitely watch those other games when I have time and see how his other moves are and if he uses his hands well

  • Andy124

    What exactly was the reasoning behind moving the draft to May? If anything, they should have moved it to March.

    • Will

      FA first gives the Vets first shot at making teams prior to the draft I would think…

      • Tom W

        huh? free agency has always been before the draft except for locked out year ….they did it to expand the amount of time every spends talking about the draft .. gives them better nfl network ratings for a couple more weeks …april is also loaded w stud sporting events ..whereas early may is not.

      • bentheimmigrant

        It always was first.

        • Tom W

          its like playing cards w my sister’s kids.

          • bentheimmigrant

            Why’s that? They make random references to people you don’t know for no apparent reason?

    • bentheimmigrant

      Something about making the offseason a more constant experience? Sorta like how when you make a sandwich you want the peanut butter spread evenly. I can only assume that other fanbases aren’t paying the same attention to OTAs and minicamps that we do, cause I already thought there was always something going.

      It’ll be interesting to see if the extra time means the QB values get even more hyped.

  • Eagledelphia

    Thanks to draftbreakdown I will now not do anything productive with my day

  • Will

    Justin Ellis is having another great showing as a NT at the Senior Bowl…did well in east/west shrine game….

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24409329/shrine-game-defensive-line-prospects-shine-on-tuesday

    Entering the week, my top defensive tackle prospect participating this week was Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis (6-2, 351) and he hasn’t disappointed so far. He used his active hands and quick feet to beat blockers during drills, putting spin moves on Oklahoma’s Gabe Ikard and also steamrolling him on a few occasions. To no surprise, Ellis weighed in as the heaviest prospect here at 351 pounds and he uses that girth well to bully blockers and surge through the line of scrimmage.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24415252/senior-bowl-10-observations-from-mondays-north-practice

    8. Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis picked up right where he left off last week at the Shrine Game, using his quickness and snap anticipation to surge past blockers before they were in a stance. He is a quick thinker and reacts well to what the blocker wants to do, either attacking with pure momentum or using a spin or sidestep move to get past him. Ellis, who weighed nine pounds lighter from the Shrine Game weigh-ins, has helped himself as much as anyone the past two weeks and shouldn’t last long on the draft’s third day.

    • Tom W

      jelly .. bit fat for Chip and short and stubby. Can get a meaty nt we use on 20 percent of the snaps in 5th rd or later …. think its more likely we get another versatile guy like logan OR draft sheed and use him at multiple positions.