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Kevin Akins (DB)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 218
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
High School: North Penn
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A jack-of-all-trades for the Eagles, Akin was recruited as a running back and has since seen action at outside linebacker, strong safety, cornerback and even kick returner. Despite being moved around throughout his career, the versatile Akins' tendency to make plays stands out. He leaves Boston College with 132 career tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and five interceptions. If Akins can impress at the Combine, his instincts and knack for making big plays could inspire a creative defensive coordinator or eager special teams coach to grab Akins in the late rounds.

High School

Earned All-State Class AAAA second-team honors as a senior running back at North Penn High School ... Also a defensive standout who earned All-Area honors at defensive back ... Selected to the Harrisburg Patriot News Platinum 33 ... Ran for 2,065 yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior season ... Rushed for a season-high 210 yards to lead the Knights to victory in the PIAA Class AAAA title game, the school's first-ever state title ... Played for head coach Dick Beck ... Was selected to play in the 47th annual Big 33 Football Classic; the game pits Pennsylvania All-Stars against Ohio All-Stars ... Also starred as a sprinter on North Penn's track team.

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Positives: Rangy athlete with the frame to add an additional 10-15 pounds of muscle mass. ... Instinctive defender. ... Always around the ball. ... Good straight-line speed for the position. ... Brings rare agility and coverage ability to the position. ... Effective open-field tackler who isn't afraid of taking on bigger ballcarriers. ... Willing to mix it up with blockers. ... Effective blitzer. ... Times blitzes and stunts well and has a closing burst to make the play. ... Versatile defender capable of making an immediate contribution on special teams.

Negatives: A classic "tweener." ... Lacks the bulk and experience at linebacker to warrant anything more than a late-round gamble. ... Good aggression to take on blocks, but gets washed out if engaged. ... Relies on running around blocks and though he'll make the tackle, often has to do it downfield.

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