BIOGRAPHY: Posted career numbers of 34/475/6 as a senior when he became a full-time starter. Played five games with the first team as a junior and totaled 12/183/2.
POSITIVES: Effective pass-catching tight end best as a short or intermediate-range target. Quickly releases into routes, immediately gets to top speed and nicely adjusts to the errant throw. Displays outstanding focus, concentration and makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Exposes himself over the middle, takes a big hit yet holds onto the pass. Nicely uses his frame to get positioning on defenders and snatches the ball from the air. Blocks with good knee bend and pad level.
NEGATIVES: Marginal blocker who shows limited strength and gets minimal movement at the point of attack. Must improve his route running. Not a tight end that creates mismatches in the secondary.
ANALYSIS: Atchison is a solid pass-catcher with reliable hands and a sense of timing. He offers potential as a third tight end in a west coast system.