Scouting Report: Geno Atkins

Written by Rob Engle on March 13, 2010

Geno Atkins

Position: DT School: Georgia
Height: 6’1 3/8" Weight: 293 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.78

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

2nd/3rd Round Fringe

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 4
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 7.5
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 5.5
Potential 10 7.5

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 3.5
Pass Rushing 8 6
Awareness 8 4.5
Hand Placement 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System


Atkins is a tremendously quick 1-gap DT, which means he can only play in a 4-3 offense. He is pretty strong with heavy hands and can knock an OL off balance. He had a ton of QB pressures and really collapsed the pocket well and made a ton of plays in the backfield. Has a non-stop motor and consistently chased down plays after they crossed the LOS. Very durable player; he didn’t miss any games do to injury.


While Atkins is an excellent pass rusher, his run stopping could use some work. He might need to build his lower body strength to help him anchor better. He struggles against double teams, but he can use his quickness to break them. His height is below average, but he has good bulk.


In the right scheme, he could turn into a superstar. He’s a great one-gap penetrator with top-notch quickness and burst. An important note is that he grades out very well, but because of his size he might be overlooked and drafted later than he deserves. He doesn’t have a very high bust factor and he will make whatever team drafts him happy. We believe, that just like his father (Gene Atkins, Sr.), he could play in the NFL for a very long time.


Atkins is a two year starter at Georgia.

Awards and Honors

2009: All-SEC Second Team by Associated Press and SEC Coaches and Third Team by Phil Steele. Voted team’s most valuable defensive player.
2008: Phil Steele’s All-SEC Third Team.
2007: All-SEC First-Team selection by Associated Press and
2006: n/a


Housing major at Georgia.


Son of former Miami Dolphin and New Orleans Saints safety, Gene Atkins.


Never missed a game due to injury.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 32 18 14 3 1 0 0
2008 34 19 15 0 0 0 0
2007 41 30 11 7 0 0 0
2006 9 4 5 0 0 0 0

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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