2021 National Scouting Combine Player Comparison: Bill Atkins

Written by Jimmy Kibble

March 24, 2021

AFL | Bill Atkins | CFL | D2 | DB | Defensive Back | Division 2 | football | Kiondre Thomas | Minnesota Duluth | National Scouting Combine | NCAA | NFL | Small School | XFL

DB Bill Atkins – Minnesota Duluth: Hasn’t played actual organized football since he graduated in 2019, but he continually shows up and has the athleticism to play, warrants a look. Film from college showed he’s aggressive as a down-hill player and gains ground quickly w/his speed. Played at a high-level, but question I had with him was if he was going to be able to play under control and show that he could be fluid w/his breaks/cutting. When you compare him to 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Kiondre Thomas from Kansas State and the Pro Day that he had, Atkins did better.

Kiondre Thomas Pro Day Results (3/9/21)  vs. Bill Atkins at The National Scouting Combine (3/9/21) – 3-Cone, Pro Agility, and 40 yd. dash all laser-timed at the National Scouting Combine

Kiondre Thomas


Bill Atkins

Height 6000     Height 71.75
Weight 185     Weight 198.2
Hand 8 1/8     Hand 10
Arm 31 5/8     Arm 31.25
Wingspan 74 1/8     Wingspan 77.25
40 yd. 4.43     40 yd. 4.56
Bench 10     Bench 18
Vertical 37.5     Vertical 38.5
Broad Jump 10’02”     Broad Jump 119
Pro Agility 4.35     Pro Agility 4.15
3-Cone Drill 6.94     3-Cone Drill 6.99

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2021 National Scouting Combine Results

My biggest challenge has been coming from a D2 school and not being properly advertised or prepared for playing at the next level.

One of the most important things that I learned from one of my DB coaches was process over product. Meaning that even if the product is what you want it to be, if the process you used to achieve that product isn’t efficient, it becomes meaningless. For example, if I were to make a tackle in a game but before that tackle I got a bad read and took some false steps and the ball carrier got an extra few yards, that tackle has little meaning and won’t help me in the future because of my inefficiency.

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