The Bengals got another defender for Mike Zimmer’s charges, and picked a highly productive defensive tackle from the SEC in Geno Atkins. Here’s the NFL.com synopsis on Atkins:
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.
And this analysis:
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.
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