Consistently gets too high in his drop, which causes him to lose his balance easily. Fails to consistently keep his feet under him and doesn't exhibit the footwork needed to quickly click and close on a route in front of him, as he tends to significantly round his breaks off in order to regain/maintain his balance.
Possesses a better overall feel in zone coverage and has the instincts to locate the throw and make his way toward the football. However, because of his lack of balance and overall body control, struggles to quickly change directions and generate a burst toward the football.
Showcases a willingness to support the run game, but isn't a real efficient open-field tackler. Fails to consistently break down in space and although he has a long wingspan, isn't a real secure wrap-up guy.
Impression: He possesses a good-looking frame, but he's really stiff in the hips and lacks the body control/balance to hold up in man coverage at the next level."
Positive: Active and physical safety who is best playing downhill. Sized well, stays with assignments, and shows a burst to the action out of his plant. Plays with an aggressive style, intimidates ball carriers who come over the middle, and is a hard-hitter. Very quick up the field defending the run and wraps up when tackling. Makes a lot of plays with his hustle and works hard.
Negative: Does not have good hands. Doesn't consistently take proper angles to the action and over pursues plays. Lacks top lateral speed and is slow getting to the flanks.
Analysis: Atchison is an adequate athlete who could make an NFL roster as a ninth defensive back/special teams player."