Spencer Adkins #49 LB
Height: 5-11 Weight: 236 Age: 27
Born: 5/16/1987 Naples , FL
College: Miami (Fla.)
Experience: 4th season
High School: Naples HS [FL]
Selected By: Atlanta Falcons
Pick (Overall): 3 (176)
After a productive high school career, Adkins never developed into a standout for the Hurricanes. He wasn't even invited to the scouting combine in February, but impressed scouts from 17 NFL teams who showed up to Miami's pro day just days after the big Indianapolis event.
"I look throughout the league nowadays and there are a lot of dudes who didn't get drafted and are Pro Bowlers. That's the motivation I have," Adkins told The Miami Herald after his pro day workout. "There were a couple questions about if I liked the inside or rushing off the edge. I told them, 'It doesn't matter. Whatever you want me to do I'll be able to do.' I think (Friday) opened up a lot of eyes."
It was the sub-4.5 seconds he ran his 40-yard dash in at his pro day that opened those eyes, as that's rare timed speed for an inside linebacker. However, he lacks assignment discipline, didn't produce great numbers for a program with a long linebacker tradition and will have to make his mark early on special teams to stick in the NFL.