BIO: Former walk-on who moved into the starting lineup as a red-shirt freshman. All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career numbers of 110/12.5/5.
POSITIVES: Undersized, explosive linebacker who makes plays sideline-to-sideline. Aggressive, works to get involved in the action and throws his body around the ball. Quickly gets out to the flanks and cuts the corners off from ballcarriers. Gets depth on drops and covers a good amount of range on the field.
NEGATIVES: Small, engulfed at the point of attack and slow shedding blocks. Does not have top playing speed. At times, hesitant reacting.
ANALYSIS: A competitive prospect who flies around the football, Atkinson lacks the sheer size/speed numbers for the next level. Could fit in at outside linebacker for a 34 defense but must make his mark on special teams.