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2021 NFL Draft Profile: WR Chatarius Atwell

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Apr 23, 2021

There’s seemingly always one player who enters the NFL Draft each year who’s talented but doesn’t have the proper body type to play in the NFL. The conversation then moves to whether or not they’re an outlier and if they’ll able to make it at the next level.

Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell is a slight player, but he’s absolutely electric with the ball in his hands. He certainly has his fans and believers in the draft community that are willing to back him up and say that he has what it takes to make it in today’s NFL.

Does he actually have what it takes to thrive in today’s game? Or has the hype gotten a little out of control?

These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Tutu Atwell:

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Chatarius Atwell (WR – Louisville)

Vital Statistics

Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 155 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.42
Vertical Jump: 33
Broad Jump: 117
Short Shuttle: 4.14
3-Cone Drill: 6.89

College Statistics

Check out Chatarius Atwell’s detailed college stats here >>

Skills Legend

80+ Generational Talent
79 Top-10 Skill
78 First-Round Skill
77 Second-Round Skill
76 Third-Round Skill
75 Fourth-Round Skill
74 Fifth-Round Skill
73 Sixth-Round Skill
72 Seventh-Round Skill
71- UDFA


Skills Chart


Skills Breakdown (out of 100)

Route Running (72): Atwell’s a fun and exciting gadget-type player. He’s able to run a diverse route tree but lacks refinement at the top of his routes. Typically doesn’t have to do much with his routes, though, because he’s being given schemed touches behind the line of scrimmage.

Athleticism/Agility (79): Has springs in his feet. Explosive off the line of scrimmage and moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field. An explosive play waiting to happen.

Hands (77): Solid hands as a receiver. He won’t come up with any jaw-dropping receptions but has solid enough hands to not be a liability on the field.

Contested Catch Ability (64): Due to his size, this is not going to be his strong suit or how he should be utilized in the NFL. He’ll need the schemed touches to be effective, rather than being someone who can go over the middle of the field and reel in the tough grab.

Run After Catch Ability (77.5): Good speed after the catch and able to make defenses pay if there’s a breakdown in coverage. Not overly creative and has trouble throttling down his momentum, but when he’s given an opening when he can show off his long speed, he’s gone.

Release (63): Fantastic first step off the line of scrimmage, but won’t be asked to line up on the line of scrimmage ever in the NFL. He’ll constantly be put in motion due to his size limitations. If a defender can get their hands on him in the first 5 yards, he’s eliminated from the play.

Deep Ball Tracking (73): The QB play was subpar downfield, but Atwell showed a good proficiency in locating the ball in the air and making adjustments. The frequency of which he’ll be asked to track a ball downfield will be minimal, so this is not a crucial trait.

Speed (80): Might be one of the fastest players in this entire draft in the 40-yard dash. Tremendous long speed when he’s able to build up a head of steam. Lacks the shiftiness side to side, but tremendous long speed.

Video Evaluation

They Said It

Oliver Hodgkinson on Chatarius Atwell: "He is easily knocked off his route, and he offers very little in the way of contested-catch ability. There are multiple examples of him fumbling or dropping the ball on contact. Drops have been an issue throughout his college career."Mike Tagliere on Chatarius Atwell: ""He's a pure speed guy, not someone who will wow you with his routes, though he does maintain his speed while making cuts up the field. He's good at recognizing the soft spots in the zone and getting to them with his speed."

Projected Draft Range

Atwell has his fans in the NFL Draft community, but it’s doubtful that we see him go off the board within the top-75 picks.

Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot

Atwell’s going to have to thrive as a schemed touches player – such as Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson – rather than a full-time role slot player. With this in mind, it’s improbable that he ever gets the workload necessary for reliable fantasy production.

Fantasy Comparison

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