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 by Elvis
2 weeks ago
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United States of America   Los Angeles
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15. TUTU ATWELL | Louisville 5087 | 155 lbs. | JR. Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) 10/7/1999 (age 21.56)

BACKGROUND: Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell Jr. grew up in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami and started playing football at four years old. He attended Northwestern High School and was a four-year starting quarterback, earning Honorable Mention All-County honors as a freshman and sophomore. After capturing a district title in 2016, Atwell as a senior led Northwestern to the 2017 Class 6A state championship, the school’s first state title since 2007. He earned Miami-Dade County Player of the Year as a senior and finished his prep career with more than 4,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards. Atwell was also a member of the Northwestern track team, setting personal bests in the 100 meters (10.84) and 200 meters (22.21).

A three-star recruit out of high school, Atwell was the No. 57 athlete in the 2018 class and the No. 110 recruit in the state of Florida. He received more than a dozen scholarship offers, but only two came from Power-5 programs (Illinois and Louisville). He followed in the footsteps of Teddy Bridgewater, another former Miami Northwestern quarterback, and signed with the Cardinals, although Atwell did so with the expectation that he would move to wide receiver. His father (Tutu) played wide receiver at Minnesota (1994-97) and set the school record for catches, spending time in a few NFL camps after going undrafted. Atwell elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

YEAR (GP/GS) REC YDS AVG TD NOTES
2018: (12/2) 24 406 16.9 2
2019: (13/11) 70 1,276 18.2 12 First Team All-ACC; Led ACC in receiving; Single-season school record for receiving yards
2020: (9/6) 46 625 13.6 7 Second Team All-ACC; Led team in receptions, receiving TDs; Rush TD; Missed two games due to injury
Total: (34/19) 140 2,307 16.5 21

HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP

COMBINE N/A (Combine canceled)

PRO DAY 5087 155 29 1/4 8 7/8 69 3/4 4.35 2.60 1.49 33 9’9” 4.09 6.87 - (no bench – choice)

STRENGTHS: Runs like the wind with top-end speed that looks different than everyone else on the field…dangerous vertical threat with his ability to consistently win over the top…shows one-step burst to quickly release or separate in his route breaks…effective with his double-moves…tracks the ball well over his shoulder, slowing or accelerating as needed…big-play threat with the ball in his hands (only Alabama’s DeVonta Smith had more yards after catch in 2019)…destroys pursuit angles as a ball carrier, shifting gears and running circles around defenders…accounted for nine receptions of 50-plus yards in his career…scored a touchdown every 6.6 times he touched the football in college…led team in receptions the last two seasons.

WEAKNESSES: Vastly undersized…minimal body power and doesn’t have tackle-breaking bulk/strength…allows defenders to alter his route path by their presence or minimal contact…too many traps and body catches and too many of his targets hit the ground (15 drops over the last three seasons)…still a novice route runner…needs to flatten his routes and play with better discipline out of his breaks…hears footsteps when working the middle of the field…his desire to avoid contact as a ball carrier leads to too much east-west runs…responsible for five fumbles in college…half-hearted blocker with below average functional strength in this area…limited experience as a return man (only four punt returns in college)…lack of size leads to durability concerns — missed two games and parts of others due to a L5 S1 stress reaction fracture in his back (October 2020).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Louisville, Atwell lined up primarily in the slot in head coach Scott Satterfield’s offense, feasting on crossers, verticals and quick throws (jet sweeps, screens, etc.). A high school quarterback, he transitioned to receiver full-time for the Cardinals and finished his career No. 8 in school history in receiving yards (2,307) and tied for No. 5 in touchdown grabs (21). Atwell has sudden feet and playmaking speed to separate before and after the catch, racing by coverage to consistently take the top off the defense. However, he is a small target with obvious play strength limitations and durability concerns. Overall, Atwell has a skill set very similar to Marquise Brown: vastly undersized with more drops than ideal, but his speed stresses every level of the defense. He projects as a homerun hitting option outside or in the slot.

GRADE: 3rd Round (No. 95 overall)

 by scramsfan
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   188  
 Joined:  Sep 18 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Rookie

They need a burner but they need a center even more. If a good center is not available in the third round then I’m pissed.

 by Haden
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   1595  
 Joined:  Sep 06 2016
United States of America   Spokane, WA
Pro Bowl

What shit. Tavon Austin 2. Idiots pick a smurf

 by JackPMiller
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   1743  
 Joined:  Sep 22 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

This is a head scratcher. We need a C, a CB, a LB, DE, OT, but we draft a WR? Don’t get it. Does McVay want to keep Stafford upright? Jeesh.

 by Rams1PlateSince1976
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   1544  
 Joined:  Oct 12 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

Tavon Austin was my first thought as well.

Atwell's Wunderlic Score? I think Tavon blew a 7. On the other hand Tavon was pound for pound the best blocker on the squad and didn't mind contact. Reads like Atwell is weak in this department.

If anyone had him on your draft sights please raise your hand.

 by aeneas1
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   15986  
 Joined:  Sep 13 2015
United States of America   Norcal
RFU Survivor Champ

a tyreek hill stab? :shock2:

snead's wide receiver draft picks since becoming the rams gm in 2012 (has it really been that friggin' long???) - not exactly a wr murderer's row...

2021 - tut atwell (2)
2020 - van jefferson (2)
2017 - cooper kupp (3)
2017 - josh reynolds (4)
2016 - pharoh cooper (4)
2016 - mike thomas (6)
2015 - bud sasser (6)
2013 - tavon austin (1)
2013 - stedman bailey (3)
2012 - brian quick (2)
2012 - chris givens (4)

 by JackPMiller
2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   1743  
 Joined:  Sep 22 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

Creed Humphrey, who should have been our pick at 57, just went to the Chiefs. Damn.

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