Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Louisville WR Chatarius TuTu Atwell is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft


Name: Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell

School: Louisville

Year: Jr

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: Height 5’9”, Weight 165 pounds





General Info:

High School : Attended Miami Northwestern High School. Four year starter at Northwestern High as a quarterback. Passed for over 4,000 yards and ran for over 1,500 yards in his high school career. He was a recipient of the Miami-Dade County player of the year. Atwell was a three-star recruit as a dual threat quarterback.

College: Atwell recorded 140 receptions for 2,307 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career with the Cardinals. He led the ACC in receiving yards in 2019 with 1,273 and touchdowns with 12. Atwell was named first team All-ACC in 2019.


Positional Skills:

Atwell’s play speed is the first thing that jumps out on tape: he’s a legit 4.3 player at the wide receiver position. His acceleration and ability to switch gears when he gets into his routes is impressive. Atwell is a true vertical threat who commanded plenty of attention in his time in college, and eats up cushion real quick against off coverage.

Once the ball is in his hands, Atwell is tough to catch in open space. He erases angles very quickly and is a threat to score once he has the football. He’s agile and has the short area burst to stress the defense.

His dynamic ability was added into the Louisville offense seamlessly, where he was used on pre-snap jet motion, quick speed out routes, and short crossers on designed rollouts. This usage is so prominent in today’s NFL that he will find a role.

Atwell has reliable hands and is very good at tracking the football down the field. He adjusts well to the football and can adjust his strides accordingly. Atwell also works back to the football well and helps out his quarterback by finding holes in zone coverage when plays break down.

Atwell will bring value on special teams as a returner with his elite track speed and vision.


Atwell is likely limited to a slot and gadget role at the next level. Teams will need to scheme him touches, whether it be with motion and the quick passing game or just sending him vertically on deep routes to clear out defenders underneath.

His route running isn’t as crisp for someone with his speed and quickness. He rounds out his routes and drifts deeper down the field out of his breaks. He also has a bit of a false step out of his stance where he rocks backward. Atwell doesn’t have the frame to win in contested spots and catch in traffic. Physical defenders will be able to get him out of his stem and bog him down at the top of his routes.


Fit with Packers:

Atwell fits best with the Packers as a gadget player with schemed touches. Green Bay uses more pre-snap motion under Matt LaFleur, and Atwell has familiarity with that. His speed and acceleration fit with a team that still does challenge defenses vertically while also working the quick passing game. The Packers have missed a player with Atwell’s skill set who can take be a game-changer after the catch. Giving him the role of Tyler Ervin while also giving him the reigns as a returner on special teams would suit Atwell perfectly.


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MarkinMadison's picture

March 01, 2021 at 02:59 pm

I'm dubious about the ability of anyone under 190 to stay healthy in the NFL. 165 is a bridge too far to me.

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stockholder's picture

March 01, 2021 at 05:33 pm

Guy is fast. I've seen 3rd round. Gute will trade out of the 3rd round.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

March 03, 2021 at 12:59 pm

I have said for many years and no doubt others on here that the Packers need a quick twitch slot WR. Someone like a Chatarius “Tutu” Atwell, or Elijah Moore would be fantastic. Talk about opening up the field and causing Defensive Coordinators sleepless nights. There may be other WR's in the upcoming draft that would fit the profile too but in looking at these two WR's highlights I like them both.

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