John Atkins

Georgia
DT

Prospect Info

College
Georgia
Hometown
Class
Thomson, GA
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
321 lbs
34”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.17
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.38
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
24.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
89.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.95
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.75
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 
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Atkins stepped up his game for the SEC champions in 2017, starting 14 of 15 games played for the Bulldogs in the middle, posting 38 stops, one for loss. The father of one (John Jr.) has contributed as a junior, as well, starting nine times in 13 games (22 tackles, 1.5 for loss, two pass breakups) to free up other defenders to make big plays. Atkins started three of 10 games in 2015 (12 tackles, one for loss) and played 10 games as a reserve in 2014 (nine stops). He couldn't meet the needed ACT score to gain entry to Georgia in 2012, so he spent that fall at Hargrave Military Academy, where he played with former Bulldog and first-round pick Leonard Floyd. Atkins worked as a greeter at a local Toyota dealership throughout his time in Athens.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Atkins carries a wide frame and has adequate power but his inability to overwhelm interior blockers could limit his value to teams since he offers no help as a pass rusher. Atkins doesn't sport a wide, heavy base like many NFL nose tackles so additional weight may not automatically make him a more dominant force against the run. Atkins has the potential to become a rotational interior defender but doesn't appear to have a plus play trait that will provide him with a long and successful career.
Strengths
  • Big and wide, but carrying appropriate level of lean muscle
  • Good football character and work ethic
  • Possesses natural upper body strength
  • Acts as an adequate space-eater when teams try to run between the guards
  • Plays with feel for pressure and has hands ready to meet incoming blocks from an angle
  • Decent arm-over move to beat centers when he uses it
  • Hands are strong and initial placement is rarely off
  • Does the dirty work to help keep Roquan Smith clean
Weaknesses
  • Stiff ankles limit lateral quickness and ability to hold his ground against down blocks on double teams
  • Doesn't dominate the point of attack like you want
  • Phone booth worker with restricted tackle range
  • Slow to shed, allowing running backs to sneak past him
  • Offers absolutely no pass rush value
  • Never recorded a sack at Georgia

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league