UGA's Atkins is showing his quickness at Senior Bowl

"Atkins, I think he's going to be a second-or third-round pick," NFL analyst Mike Mayock said. "He's disruptive and gets up the field. He's a one-gap kid."

Atkins, 6-foot-2, 286 pounds, performed well in one-on-one pass-rushing drills.

"He's got a great motor," Mayock said.

Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano has been impressed with Atkins and Georgia defensive tackle Jeff Owens.

"They are certainly high-energy guys," Sparano said. "They have great fundamentals. They are fundamentally, very, very good. They do a good job that way. I enjoy watching those kind of guys play.

"They do a good job at the point of attack. They are a handful for some of those linemen. They have done a nice job this week so far."

After practices, Atkins has been making the rounds visiting with teams, filling out their questionnaires and doing interviews.

He has talked to the Falcons, Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville.

"It's been a surreal experience with scouts being all over the place," said Atkins, who's represented by Atlanta-based agent Pat Dye Jr. "They are talking to you and getting information. We all had a test to take.

"I wasn't expecting a three-hour-long test."

Atkins has been invited to participate at the NFL scouting combine in February.

But Atkins wants to make a good impression at the Senior Bowl first.

"I've got to show my talents, speed and quickness," Atkins said.

He's noticed a major difference between the coaching styles of Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers and Georgia's Rodney Garner.

"There is a lot of tempo stuff, and everybody is sprinting to each drill," Atkins said. "My position coach [Rodgers] is kind of laid back. That's kind of new. I had coach Rodney Garner, and he's all up in your face. That's been kind of different right now."

Atkins doesn't care which team drafts him.

"I just want to go where I have an opportunity to play and have a chance to make it," Atkins said. "I just want to have an opportunity to play."

Cox talks to Falcons

Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox has talked to the Falcons.

"I have," said Cox, who is in a group of cornerbacks rated behind Florida's Joe Haden. "I have, and I wouldn't mind going there."

His season got off to a great start with a victory over Georgia.

"That game went perfect," Cox said. "That started the season off perfect. It was a big game for me. I was chasing one of the top SEC receivers in A.J. Green. Then that victory kind of set our season off right."

Things didn't end well for Cox, who has three children and is not married. He was suspended for the Cotton Bowl.

"It was something I shouldn't have done," Cox said. "I was late for curfew. I was out for New Year's. I got stuck in traffic, and I got in trouble for it. It was something that I should not have done."

Norwood turning heads

South Carolina's Eric Norwood, of North Cobb High, is practicing at strongside linebacker.

He scooped up a fumbled handoff in one drill and had a blocked punt during the special-teams session.

"I'm just getting adjusted to practice," said Norwood, who's represented by Atlanta-based agent Todd France. "It's been pretty easy. I think it's because I'm used to the competition in the SEC."

Mullen visits

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen visited the South team's practice Tuesday.

The Bulldogs have two players in the game, running back Anthony Dixon and linebacker Jamar Chaney.

"I thought Anthony looked pretty good at times today," Mullen said. "I think he's helping himself out there. They are letting him play some fullback as well."

Chaney is practicing at middle linebacker.

"Jamar is a hard worker," Mullen said. "A guy that you like as a middle linebacker because of all of his intangibles."

Owens' models

Owens, who is represented by Brian Ayrault of Charlotte, tries to pattern his play after a few current NFL players.

"Tommie Harris [of the Bears] is a great player," Owens said. "Also, Darnell Dockett [of the Cardinals]. He's a beast. I just try to watch those guys on film and mimic what they do."

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