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Friday, May 9, 2014
Chargers pick Jeremiah Attaochu in 2nd

By Eric D. Williams

SAN DIEGO -- The pick: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

My take: The Chargers needed to add juice to an ailing pass rush that struggled to consistently get pressure on the quarterback last season. At 6-foot-3 and 252 pounds, Attaochu fits the bill. He’s athletic (4.59-second 40-yard dash time) and he’s productive, finishing as the leading pass-rusher in Georgia Tech history with 31.5 sacks. With aging pass-rushers in Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney, the Chargers needed a long-term answer at the position to pair with budding star Melvin Ingram.

A different kind of football: A native of Nigeria, Attaochu grew up playing soccer and was first introduced to football as a ninth grader at Archbishop Carroll High in Washington D.C. He picked up the game quickly, serving as the team captain his junior and senior seasons.

What’s next: The Chargers moved up seven spots to select Attaochu at No. 50, trading the No. 57 and No. 125 selections to the Miami Dolphins. San Diego made a similar trade last year in the second round, moving up seven spots by trading the team’s second- and fourth-round selections to the Arizona Cardinals to select middle linebacker Manti Te'o at No. 38. The Chargers still have four selections left in the draft, including a third-rounder at No. 89.