Tutu Atwell is an intriguing prospect in this year’s upcoming NFL draft. He is a 5’9, 155-pound speedy wide receiver out of Louisville. He was a productive receiver over the course of his three years in college.
He totaled over 2300 yards, 21 touchdowns and has been projected to be drafted anywhere between the 3rd and 5th round. He is an explosive prospect that will bring a unique skill set to the team that drafts him. He has game-breaking speed, can stop on a dime, and is a true deep ball threat. He has had success in his collegiate career on reverses and sweeps and could see early success doing so in the NFL.
Defenses will need to be aware of where he is on the field at all times. Many teams will benefit from having him on their team but I’m going to identify the top 5 potential fantasy landing spots for Tutu Atwell.
Top Tutu Atwell Landing Spots
The Cincinnati Bengals hold the 5th overall pick in this year’s draft and rumors have been swirling around them selecting Ja’Mar Chase and reuniting him with Joe Burrow. As great of an addition and story that would be, if they want to keep Burrow upright and healthy, they need to address the offensive line.
With Penei Sewell out of Oregon sitting there at 5, I believe that’s where they end up going. If they do, they will need to address the wide receiver position later in the draft. Their depth chart currently consists of Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Auden Tate. According to Sharp Football Stats explosive play rankings, the Bengals finished dead last in the entire league. Atwell would immediately add a big play dynamic to that offense and be a contributor right away.
New York Giants
Another putrid offense that could benefit from the addition of Tutu Atwell would be the New York Giants. The Giants finished the 2020 season scoring a whopping 280 points, good for 2nd worst in the league. They will get Saquon Barkley back from injury and they also added Kenny Golladay and John Ross this offseason but they need to add as much firepower as possible for a couple of reasons.
First, they need to see if Daniel Jones is a franchise quarterback. One way to do that is to ensure he has as much talent around him as possible. Tutu Atwell can help. The second reason Atwell would be a great fit is because of the Giants’ woes on the offensive line. A player with Atwell’s skill set can mask some of the trouble with the offensive line by getting the ball out of Jones’ hand quickly utilizing screens and sweeps.
The only offense that finished worse than the Cincinnati Bengals in Sharp Football Stats explosive play rankings was the Chicago Bears. They brought in Andy Dalton this off-season and even though that move wasn’t lauded, I believe he is an upgrade over Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Allen Robinson will be back and the Bears also have Anthony Miller and promising second-year wide receiver Darnell Mooney but they lost Cordarrelle Patterson in free agency. Although not the same player, I could see the Bears utilizing Tutu Atwell in a similar role as Patterson.
The wide receivers that sit atop the Detroit Lions depth chart are Tyrell Williams, Breshad Perriman and Quintez Cephus. Long story short, they need help. They may address the position in the first round of this upcoming draft but even if they do I could envision them taking another in the later rounds. He would bring a different skillset to that offense and could contribute right away.
Corey Davis and his 92 targets…gone. Jonnu Smith and his 65 targets….gone. Adam Humphries and his 35 targets….gone. Pair that with a running back that doesn’t receive many targets out of the backfield, and you could potentially project AJ Brown for 140 targets. They added Josh Reynolds this offseason but they will need more talent on the offensive side of the ball. Atwell will fit nicely in that offense and could see significant time on the field right away.
Tutu Atwell and his 4.27 40 time could be an instant playmaker in his rookie season but where he ends up may dictate how much he sees the field. I believe the five teams above represent the best opportunity for Atwell and his immediate success.
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