Biography: Used as a starter in Georgia's rotational system the past three years. All-Conference selection after his senior and sophomore seasons. Totals last year included 36/3/10.5 after 34 tackles as a junior. Posted career numbers of 41/7.5/14.5 as a sophomore.
Positives: Explosive one-gap tackle who plays with a large degree of athleticism. Explodes off the snap with a nice first step, fires through gaps upfield, and plays with good pad level. Fluid moving in all directions, plays with good balance, and rarely off his feet. Displays speed up the field or out to the flanks. Quickly changes direction and shows ability in pursuit. Flashes lower body power and the ability to get push up the field.
Negatives: Undersized, smothered at the point of attack and very slow to shed blocks. Easily turned from the action by a single opponent. Marginally productive the past two seasons. Passion for the game has been questioned.
Analysis: At the top of his game, Atkins is an impact defender who easily exploits opponents and displays the ability to make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He runs hot and cold on the field and has not consistently played at a high level. Atkins has the playing style to be a three-technique lineman at the next level, and he could have a long career if he makes football a priority.
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