The Raiders can address a glaring need at kick returner by turning to a familiar face in George Atkinson III, who sparkled at the NFL scouting combine Sunday.

Atkinson III is the son of former Raiders standout defensive back George Atkinson. He auditioned in front of NFL owners, general managers, scouts and coaches in Indianapolis in hopes of being selected in the NFL draft in May.

He posted times of 4.39 and 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash Sunday, with Raiders owner Mark Davis and Atkinson's father looking on from a suite in Indianapolis.

The Raiders, of course, crave fast players. Just as important, they are in need of a player who possesses Atkinson's kick returning ability.

Atkinson III shined in that capacity during his collegiate career at Notre Dame. He averaged 24.3 yards and scored two touchdowns on kick returns during his three-year career for the Fighting Irish.

Atkinson III also averaged 6.2 yards rushing and scored 10 touchdowns in a complementary role.

Taiwan Jones led the Raiders with a 24-yard average on kick returns last season. However, he has a history of trouble hanging on to the ball and is far from a lock to retain that job next season.

Atkinson III bypassed his final year of college eligibility. His decision came on the heels of being suspended for Notre Dame's final game, against Rutgers on Dec. 28, for what coach Brian Kelly termed "a violation of team rules."

Atkinson III defended himself via Twitter by saying that he got suspended for texting during a team meal, something he did all season.

Atkinson III is a Granada High School graduate. He also was a regular visitor to Raiders practices during his formative years, along with his twin brother Josh.