BIO: Two-year starter who totaled 93/5/2 as a senior after leading Marshall with 100 tackles the prior year.
POSITIVES: Solid run-defending linebacker best as a two down defender. Quickly locates the ball, immediately fills gaps up the field and wraps up tackling. Collapses outside/in defending the run. Gets adequate depth on pass drops. Disciplined, holds his ground against blocks and works to get involved in the play.
NEGATIVES: Struggles moving laterally and more of a straight-line defender. Does more chasing than actual covering in pass defense.
ANALYSIS: Possessing just marginal size/speed numbers, Atkins is a limited athlete who lacks the ability to cover any amount of area on the field. May be best in a backup role as an inside backer in a 34 defense.