BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter whose senior totals included 43/12/5 after 40/5/1.5 as a junior.
POSITIVES: Nice-sized, athletic defender who has yet to take his game to another level. Plays with good pad level, displays speed in every direction and penetrates up the field, creating havoc. Fluid changing direction, makes plays down the line.
NEGATIVES: Does not chase hard to get involved in the action, nor is he a physical defender. Has a lot of tackles broken. Controlled at the point by tight ends.
ANALYSIS: A physically gifted prospect with the ability to be used as a two-gap lineman, Atkins comes off a disappointing senior campaign. Never met the expectations scouts had of him, and is close to being labeled as an under-achiever.