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Aikens was a promising freshman for Illinois in 2010, but off-the-field issues led to his transfer to Liberty for his final three seasons. Though he excelled at a smaller school, NFL teams may still have some doubts about not only Aikens' game, but also his character. Aikens was dismissed by then-Illinois coach Ron Zook after pleading guilty to stealing a laptop computer and various other electronic devices from a dorm on campus during his first season. He tried to rebuild his reputation at Liberty and started all but three games, earning All-Big South Conference honors his final season while leading the team in tackles. Though he didn't earn an invite to the NFL combine, he's recognized as being a strong defender with solid man-on-man coverage skills. Aikens also can play the run well and is a strong tackler. He's struggled to identify plays off the snap, though, and has been known to fall for even the slightest fakes in coverage. He does have special teams experience, though, and that could help him make a team out of camp. Some clubs may be wondering if Aikens' overall solid play at Liberty could be due to facing weaker competition, and he's not likely to be selected higher than the sixth round.