He was the first player taken from Miami in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Adkins (5-foot-11, 230 lbs.) did well at his Pro Day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
He was a backup middle linebacker and came into games as a pass-rusher. He finished 2008 with 20 tackles and four sacks.
“There were a couple questions about if I liked the inside or rushing off the edge,” Adkins said at his Pro Day. “I told them, ‘It doesn’t matter. Whatever you want me to do I’ll be able to do.’ I think (the Pro Day) opened up a lot of eyes.”
Adkins’ high school coach said he spoke with the linebacker Saturday and up to 17 teams were interested in his services.
Snead said the Falcons like Adkins speed and look to use him as a rush linebacker and special teams contributor.
“He was a part-time starter mainly used in a sub-package where they rushed him off the edge,” Snead said.
The personnel man also talked about Miami’s fall from grace but, like many players who went through the high school system in Florida and played college ball in the state, Adkins has plenty going for him.
“They’re usually where USC is right now,” Snead said when asked about the Hurricanes. “They’re been down. But if you notice one thing about Florida players they’re fast and that’s what this guy is.”
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