Chargers Make Key Moves In The Draft

The San Diego Chargers traded up in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft and selected Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jerry Attaochu (uh-TAU-chew) with the 50th overall pick.

The Chargers traded with the Miami Dolphins, moving up seven spots to No. 50, while sending the Dolphins San Diego’s second-round pick (No. 57) and fourth-round pick (No. 125). It marks the second time in two years that Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco has traded his second and fourth-round picks to move up in the second round. Last year, Telesco traded the Chargers’ second (45) and fourth-round (110) picks to Arizona to move up and select linebacker Manti Te’o with the 38th overall pick.

Attaochu, 6-3, 252 pounds, 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 named third-team All-America by the Associated Press as a senior. Attaochu 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, before his family moved to the United States and settled in Washington, D.C. A science, technology and culture major at Georgia Tech, Attaochu prepped at Archbishop John Carroll High School in our nation’s capital.

In the third round with the 89th overall selection, the Chargers selected left guard Chris Watt from Notre Dame. He was a three-year starter and a two-time first-team All-Independent Football Bowl Subdivision pick for the Fighting Irish.

Watt (6-2, 311) was part of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks in 2013, tied for second-fewest in the nation. In 2012, he started all 13 games as Notre Dame went 12-1 and played Alabama in the National Championship game. One of his teammates on that team was Te’o. During that 2012 season, Notre Dame’s offensive line allowed just 16 total sacks and they cleared holes for their running backs to amass more than 200 yards in seven games, their most such efforts since 1996. Watt moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore in 2011 and started all 13 games for the Irish at left guard.

A 23-year-old native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Watt earned All-America honors as a prep at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn. He has an older brother, Kevin, who played defensive end at Northwestern from 2007-11. Watt earned a degree in marketing at Notre Dame.

Source: San Diego Chargers Media