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John Atkins | Defensive Tackle

Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/21/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'2 / 321

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Patriots signed Georgia DT John Atkins.
Atkins (6’3/321) was a two-year starter on the Bulldogs’ defensive front, managing 3.5 career tackles for loss and zero sacks as a space eater who created avenues for playmaker LBs Roquan Smith and Lorenzo Carter. Big bodied and long armed (34") but a sub-first-percentile athlete, Atkins is an old-school, one-trick-pony run stopper with no pass-rush value. He’d do well to carve out a Kyle Love-like career. May 2 - 8:57 PM

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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein writes that Georgia DT John Atkins "offers no help as a pass rusher."

Not only is Atkins a nothing on the pass-rushing front, Zierlein notes that the 6-foot-4, 305-pound defensive tackle's upside against the run might also be capped or close to it. And that's even if he adds weight. The analyst observes that he lacks a "wide, heavy base" that would allow additional weight to pay off versus the run. Zierlein views his upside as that of a rotational piece on the line and stamps him with a grade for Rds. 6-7.
Feb 21 - 6:39 PM

Georgia freshman DL John Atkins was arrested on Friday on two traffic violations.

Atkins is not expecting to miss game action, since the two charges were minor. He simply was not wearing a seat belt and it was then discovered the 20-year-old did not have a valid driver’s license. After the Bulldogs lost a good number of front seven players, expect Atkins to see solid snaps this season.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 03:14:00 PM

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said he plans on "mixing and matching" freshmen John Atkins and John Taylor at NT and DE.

The school did something similar last season with Kwame Geathers and John Jenkins. Garrison Smith and Ray Drew will also get looks at end and tackle, along with Sterling Bailey. The Bulldogs lost plenty of defensive talent to the NFL, but seem prepared to reload.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 09:32:00 AM