Baraka Atkins

Report: Seahawks agree to terms with Atkins

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Times reports that defensive end Baraka Atkins, the first of the Seattle Seahawks' 2007 two fourth-round draft choices, has agreed to terms.

The newspaper says Atkins, from the University of Miami, is expected to sign a multi-year deal today.

Atkins joins veteran ends Patrick Kerney, Bryce Fisher and Darryl Tapp as the top four players at right and left defensive end currently on the Seahawks depth chart.
The Seahawks released center Nick Jones last week and kicker Tyler Jones today to make room on the roster for defensive tackle Brandon Mebane and Atkins.

Mebane, the Seahawks' third-round pick from California, signed with the Seahawks today.

Maryland cornerback Josh Wilson, Seattle's second-round pick, is unsigned.

The Seahawks' rookies are scheduled to report for training camp on Thursday. The team's veterans will report for camp on Saturday, with the first practice scheduled for Sunday morning.

Training camp is being held at the team's headquarters in Kirkland for the first time since 1996, after the players and coaches traveled to Eastern Washington University in Cheney the past 10 summers.


Baraka Atkins Update

Baraka Atkins. The fourth-round defensive end also played defensive tackle at Miami, but he looks more like a rangy edge-rush guy. Some of his numbers are very impressive; at 6-4, 271, he has been clocked in 4.69 in the 40. Early impression based on very limited evidence: If he turns out to be a high-motor guy, he might really be a steal. But I’ll be interested to see if he revs it up when camp starts.

Chances: Atkins walks into a spot without great depth, and is listed as the No. 2 left defensive end behind Patrick Kerney.


Learning the Ropes

Considering all the promise and unknown of the young players added to the Seattle Seahawks defense for the coming season, the four weeks of mini-camp for defensive coordinator John Marshall figured to be a learning experienced filled with highs and lows.

It was all over his face as he came off the field chatting with assistant Rhodes.

“I’m in a bad mood,” Marshall said, “so temper my comments.”

Actually, he did fine, if only because he broke into a smile and his mood changed markedly when asked about the progress with his two rookie defensive linemen, third round pick Brandon Mebane, the tackle from Cal; and fourth round draft choice Baraka Atkins, the defensive end from Miami.

Baraka Atkins Update

Defensive end Baraka Atkins, a fourth-round draft choice this year, had a good day rushing the passer.


Baraka Atkins Update

The defensive end from Miami flashed his speed, but also his rawness, as a pass rusher. The key for him will be fulfilling his upside.


Seattle takes 'ecstatic' Atkins in fourth round

SARASOTA -- The Atkins clan may be breaking out a few frequent-flier miles. Seattle isn't exactly a stroll across the street.

"It doesn't matter,'' said sister Amina Atkins, 26. "If he was drafted by the Italy Cucamongas, we'd be there.''

Sarasota's Baraka Atkins became the first area player taken in this year's NFL Draft. The former Booker High and University of Miami defensive end was taken by the Seahawks on Sunday with the 21st pick (120th overall) of the fourth round.