Georgia Defensive Tackle Geno Atkins
Geno Atkins: No. 56, DT, 6-1, 290
Atkins is quick off the snap and does a great job getting under offensive linemen and driving them into the backfield. He has a strong lower base and exhibits natural leverage on the bull-rush. He's at his best when asked to attack off offensive linemen's shoulders and use his quickness and base strength to fight his way into the backfield. He displays good fluidity in space and has a sudden arm-over move that can make an offensive lineman over-commit and blow by him inside. But he lacks the type of size and overall strength to consistently fight his way through the double-team. He can be easily sealed from the ball vs. any type of additional attention. He lacks overall girth and will get washed out of run plays when taking on the double-team at the point of attack. He has the ability to get upside and create havoc behind the line but is too often sealed from the play and lacks the power to fight his way toward the ball and can be angled from the play.
But he does a nice job on the move keeping his base low and working through the double-team on slide-down blocks and accelerating toward the ball. He exhibits good length and extension and has improved his ability to extend his arms on contact and disengage once he gets into an opposing lineman's frame. Overall, he's undersized and scheme-limited as a starter at the next level, but should be able to eventually develop into an ideal penetrating lineman in a one-gap scheme.
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