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Geno Atkins (DT)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    293 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 5/8 in.
  • College:
    Georgia
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Cincinnati Bengals
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 22 (120)
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Pick Analysis: The Bengals bolster their defensive tackle rotation with the selection of Geno Atkins. The Georgia product has good strength for the position, and gives the team another big body to use at nose tackle. With their defense slowly joining the ranks of the elite, the Bengals' selection of Atkins adds quality depth along the line.

Overview

Atkins is an undersized interior defender that is very productive at the collegiate level. He understands angles and how to leverage blockers with proper pad level and deceptive strength. Atkins is best when on the move (stunting) and does a great job of penetrating the line of scrimmage to disrupt the run as well as pressure the quarterback. Atkins is a good football player that needs to improve his hand use and expand his pass rush package to be effective at the next level. He should contribute at the next level in the right system (4-3 scheme) but may struggle due to lack of size.


Strengths

Atkins has been a productive SEC defensive tackle. He plays with great intelligence and instincts and was a good student at Georgia as well. Plays with good motor and doesn’t stop till the whistle. Displays impressive quickness off the ball and good lateral agility in pursuit. Has impressive pass rushing ability for a defensive tackle.

Weaknesses

He’s undersized as a defensive tackle lacking adequate height and bulk. Doesn’t have the power to consistently hold up at the point of attack against the run and is overpowered by bigger blockers. Must become more consistent with his hand use.

Grade

5.6

 
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