Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins first-round NFL draft picks?

How much did former UGA defensive tackles Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens help themselves at the Senior Bowl?

So much that they possibly could become late first-round picks in this year’s NFL draft, according to Russ Lande, a former NFL scout who evaluates players for Sporting News.

Both Owens and Atkins were identified by Lande “and his team of former NFL scouts” among seven players who helped their draft stock at the Senior Bowl.

Writing in today’s edition of  Sporting News Today, Lande said Atkins’ strong performance will move him into the second round of the draft and, if sustained in spring workouts, could get him into the bottom of the first round. Owens, Lande writes, was considered “a likely third- or fourth-round pick” before the Senior Bowl practices and game but is now seen “as a definite second-rounder, with a good chance to move into the first round.”

It was a week of good reviews for Atkins and Owens in Mobile. A few days ago, Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano — coach of the South squad for the Senior Bowl — was quoted in  the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on the UGA DT  tandem:  “They’re both certainly high-energy guys that play with great fundamentals. Really are fundamentally very, very good. Do a super job that way. I enjoy watching those kind of guys play that play with that kind of energy, run around pretty well, give you fits up front offensively, show good strength at the point of attack, those type of things. They’re a handful for some of those linemen. They’ve done a nice job this week so far.”

Here’s  the full analysis on Atkins from Sporting News’ Lande:

Atkins (6-1, 286) came to Mobile viewed as an undersized lineman who would struggle matching up against much bigger NFL guards. But after an excellent week of practice and a strong showing in the game, we are confident he has eliminated those doubts.

He consistently showed the rare quickness and explosiveness to shoot gaps and blow up plays in the backfield. As a smaller tackle, he shocked many NFL people with his strength against much bigger blockers. Atkins’ strong Senior Bowl will move him into the second round. If he can sustain his performance in spring workouts, he could move into the bottom of the first round.

And on Owens:

Owens did not have a dominant college season in his return from a season-ending knee injury in 2008. As a result, NFL people wondered if he would ever get back to being the player he was before the injury. Owens erased many of those concerns by shining at Mobile.

He dominated at the point of attack with strength, hand use and the explosiveness to jolt blockers. But what grabbed the NFL’s attention most was Owens’ ability to beat one-on-one pass blocks with very quick pass-rush moves. Before the Senior Bowl, Owens was considered a likely third- or fourth-round pick. Now, he is viewed as a definite second-rounder, with a good chance to move into the first round.

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Suckers are First

January 31st, 2010
2:27 pm

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zino

January 31st, 2010
2:30 pm

Go Dawgs! And First!

Steve

January 31st, 2010
2:35 pm

Jeff and Geno have been tearing it up between the hedges and now it is their time to shine in the NFL. Good luck boys.

john

January 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

I dont think this news comes as a surprise to many UGA fans. Both of these guys can be dominant. I know of all the negative press that our Dawgs have received in recent times but if your folks would spend a little time looking at that 08 team that was just blistered with injury you will find that winning as many games as we did that year was quite an achievement in itself. 09 brought us Joe for his senior year and he proved on somewhat of an incosistant basis that he was not up for a premeir SEC QB performance (he did have a few bright spots). We obviously had no one behind him. I don’t think either of the freshman could have jumped in and got the job done (didnt know the offense well enough) and Logan was apparently not someone Richt felt comfortable with in the position. If he had, there sure was plenty of opportunity for him to have stepped in. I believe that was stricktly due to playing a position that is not best for Logan. The Dawgs are going to be better this year then most think. We too have some redshirts that can play some ball and some experience that can compete at a top level. The new DC will be a welcome change to fans that just want to see their defense “get after it” as they have done in the past. I think most of us would be very receptive to being burned every now and then if just did not play those corners soft and put intense pressure on the QB. It’s coming. You take that type of defense coupled with a decent OL, probaby 6 receivers that are NFL caliber, 2 or 3 running backs that will not fall short at Tailback U. and a QB with a good head on his shoulders that will not make silly mistakes……..by golly…I think we have a team that will not lose more than 2. Just my opionion…..but we are loaded with talent in key positions…….Heck..I think most UGA fans would agree that we have not put together a complete game against an upper tier team in a couple of years. Go Dawgs!!

UGA is the NFL Pipeline

January 31st, 2010
2:43 pm

Way to go guys!

Bad news about Tebow, he apparently had the WORST showing at Senior Bowl and is now condiered UNDRAFTABLE by BOTH ESPN experts.

Georgia continues to get guys ready for the NFL. Georgia has more players in the NFL than Florida, LSU, Bama, or USC.

Here’s a list of the 45 Georgia guys active in the NFL right now:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/alumni-tracker/school/5813

birdman

January 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

I guess that is a good response to the crazy talk about our strength program. The boards have to many trouble makers from other schools on UGA sites.

Edman

January 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

Techies have commented on here in recent days about the lack of talent that comes from UGA into the NFL. What idiots. UGA consistently puts talented players in the NFL and that certainly can’t hurt in the minds of those on the fence just before signing day. We will have a great signing class and with the restructuring of our coaching staff may finally be at the level we have expected in recent years.

Travis

January 31st, 2010
2:58 pm

Great link, Pipeline. You could put together a pretty good team with that list of names.

I’m excited for next season, and am looking forward to big things out of the Dawgs. I think that our team talent, fresh coaching perspective and an SEC East that’s up for grabs, we’ll be in a much better bowl next year.

NWGA DAWG

January 31st, 2010
3:15 pm

And both played on two of the WORST defenses in UGA history, thanks WILLIE!

G

January 31st, 2010
3:20 pm

Geno was dominating a couple tackles and a sack and was held a bunch.

BamaKnowItAll

January 31st, 2010
3:29 pm

So what does that say about COACHING @ UGA? All this NFL calibur talent and no NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS since Herschel Walker? I bet Saban could’ve produced a couple of championships with that talent.

Bright Idea

January 31st, 2010
3:32 pm

2 DTs that will go no later than round 2 from a defense that was terrible. Wonder why?

jrmdvm1

January 31st, 2010
3:34 pm

Birdman,
I have not been one to harp about our S&C program, but I do think we need to increase the emphasis on conditioning. I don’t doubt that the strength part is necessary in today’s college football, especially in the SEC, but I feel that if conditioning is not “up there”, any team will have a problem with injuries. I feel that a greater number of injuries occur when players are tired, and we certainly have seemed to be bitten by the injury bug in recent years. It seems to me that conditioning is even more important now that strength is such a big factor.

Louie

January 31st, 2010
3:35 pm

These 2 players were decent, but not dominant.
My opinion on j.o. is MAYBE low 2nd or high to mid 3rd round at best.
Question, how many sacks did he have?
Was play on keystone cops defense causing him to not play to his potential.
I know he got hurt the year before but seemed like a under-achiever.
As for g.a. , he should have had more penetration and more QB hurries and a few more sacks.
my opionion on where he will land would be similar to j.o.
Curran may be your best player coming out, although a small LB.
This is my take on this story, as an outsider.
Trying to be sincere, STILL L M F A O

red hill

January 31st, 2010
3:38 pm

Just more testament to the lack of coaching they received under Willie Martinez’ tutelage. Glad to have Grantham, the D will have to be better.

Little Timmie Neblo

January 31st, 2010
3:45 pm

i wander how far down i go now in the first round.
coach myer says he will help me .
good man he is.

Yellow Fuzz

January 31st, 2010
3:46 pm

Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins first-round NFL draft picks?

Hahahahahahahahaha

Pass the KOOLAID!

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

ForgivemeasIspeaktoyoubutmyspacebarisbroke.whatihavetosayisimportantsoIwilltrytobequick.Georgiawillneverwinatit’scurrentpace.underachieversthattheyarewillonlybethesame.

TXDawg

January 31st, 2010
3:47 pm

Not surprising. Defensive Lineman from UGA always seem to land in the NFL. The total number of players in the NFL from UGA would be #46 if Pollack hadn’t sustained the career ending neck injury.

oledawg

January 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

Everyone who blogs should take notice and understand how someone with another fielty can come on our sites, say something lukewarm or better about the Dawgs and then lead you on a merry ride down the road to team negativity. Heads up!, chumps. You are being played by others because you don’t read widely and understand your team. If you have no personal faith in our staff and players over the last few years then you are A target for these rival bloviators. If you have nothing good to contribute then stay off the comments section. You add to the knives cutting at our spirit in order for others to gain the upper hand over our program. Don’t be stupid and fall for it! Add positive comments to discussion of your team. The negative commentors are NOT UGA fans and your positive comments can help chase them to other team sites to influence fans who don’t know or appreciate what they have.

Championships are something attained slowly and consistently with hard work by the staff and team as well as positive upwelling of support by us fans when events don’t go well. Accept the fact that team members feel worse than anyone when bad things happen and go from there. Sounds like we have some tough Dawgs signing up in the next few days and they ,as well as current players signing last year and the years before, need our support for what is offered and delivered on the UGA field of play. GO DAWGS! WOOF!, WOOF!, WOOF!. This should be a good year.

TXDawg

January 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

Yellow Fuzz = Piss Stained Cotton

ignition

January 31st, 2010
3:51 pm

I don’t know where all that talent goes when it hits the field…

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
3:52 pm

onemorething.IdatedYellowFuzzinthesecondgrade.Hewassquirrelythen,andstillis.

TXDawg

January 31st, 2010
3:52 pm

Well said Ole Dawg!

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
3:52 pm

IamgoingtogetthisspacebarrepairedsoonsoICANJUMPINTHEREWITHYOUFOLKS.THANKYOUFORHEARINGMEOUT.

Attitude and desire

January 31st, 2010
3:54 pm

Attitude and a competitive, tough nature, fueled by personal desire to compete at the highest SEC levels have been missing on UGA’s defense for a few years now. Certainly since BVG’s departure is this true. CWM simply could not/did not get the players to play with attitude and aggression. Against a Florida or a Bama, they played simply to not lose and look what happened in 08 with Bama and in 08,09 with Florida. This will change with the arrival of CTG and it will be very obvious to all. UGA’s schedule will ALSO help them get better.

UGA looked aggressive in the tech game but that was a function of tech being just a lousy, sissy ACC team and not so much what or how UGA’s d played. Reshad JOnes for one, did play far better than he did in 08 s Tech and in 09, his play helped UGA seal what was a sure thing anyway. Had the Georgia tacklers made LOCK UP tackles rather than arm tackling, they would have won also in 08. In fact, 08 vs Tech was about to become a major blow out but arm tackling caused uGA to lose that one. 1-8 is how it stands anway and all but the most casual Yech? UGA observers know that Georgia CONTROLS THIS STATE.

Wow …………..Tebow is about to be a fullback, Anyone see the Senior Bowl? He is toast as a QB. He will be fabulous in the NFL as a fullback.

Go Dogs.

oledawg

January 31st, 2010
3:55 pm

Yellow snow-It’s cold and it’s yourine.

Glenn

January 31st, 2010
4:12 pm

I can understand the concern for a player coming back from an injury, but if these kids did so much better than anticipated at the practice and game than anticipated, does that mean that they were poorly coached/utilized while playing at UGA these past few seasons? It didn’t make sense that both of them did so much better than expected. They obviously had the physical tools to be successful, and they obviously learned some techniques quickly, so the kids are also bright.

Mark "Crimson Crier" Ingram

January 31st, 2010
4:20 pm

“Georgia continues to get guys ready for the NFL. Georgia has more players in the NFL than Florida, LSU, Bama, or USC.”

But Florida, LSU, Bama, or USC have won multiple mythical National Championships since the curdawgs last mythical NC in 1980, thirty long years ago since they have players that function as a team…not individuals!

listen up

January 31st, 2010
4:31 pm

atkins reminds me of some dude named dwight freeney. anybody ever heard of him? hitorical question….short, but has leverage. take his speed to the outside

UGAgrad71

January 31st, 2010
4:35 pm

Louie, you are an idiot! More likely A GT bug on this blog. Let’s count up the W’s at the end of the year! That is the real yard-stick.

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
4:49 pm

Iamstillintheprocessoffixingthespacebar.Pleasebepatientwithme.
MESSENGERSAYSHECANFIXMYPROBLEM.NOWMYCAPSLOCKKEYISSTUCK.ANYSUGGESTIONS?

Bremen Dawg

January 31st, 2010
4:50 pm

Man, I wished they could have played a year under Grantham.

PubDawg

January 31st, 2010
4:56 pm

Bremen Dawg–

Give Grantham a few games before you anoint him the Second Coming…but the 3-4 is all about the linebackers it seems.

Louie

January 31st, 2010
5:01 pm

Well, I’m back,where do I start.
I still believe way too much talent has come and gone through mutt-town, an abundance of UNDERACHIEVERS that had they gone elsewhere would have realized their full potential.
Attending Coachdown University cost them DEARLY, make no mistake about it.
There may have been a few that went on to the NFL, bot honestly, how many start and how many are reserves or on taxi squad?
Kinda comical if you ask me.
Messenger will have you some stats before long.
STILL L M F A O

Louie

January 31st, 2010
5:05 pm

Oh and to doggrad71-
Count up the wins from 2009 and Shrev back to me.

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
5:06 pm

Seems to be workingbetternow.Waitaminute,technicalproblemagain.

ChuyDawg

January 31st, 2010
5:20 pm

To everybody complaining about no NC’s with this talent. Remember that a NC is determined by the BCS nonsense. Most of the time it requires alot of luck. Look it up if you don’t believe me. The last 10 years UGA has put together teams in 3 seasons that could compete with anybody. Unfortunately luck has not been on our side yet. But one thing is for sure UGA, has been pretty darn consistent the last 10 years, sooner or later luck will be on our side and lookout.

GO DAWGS

German Shepherd Dawg

January 31st, 2010
5:21 pm

Louie,

You are perpetually unhappy with too much time on your hands, eh?

DD

January 31st, 2010
5:22 pm

Hey Yellow Fuzz: 30-24!!! Still hurts doesn’t it. Nice Bowl vistory….. ops, you lost. Move on you gnat!

e.lo

January 31st, 2010
5:24 pm

Hey Louie I know one win from 2009. I think the final score was 30-24, yeah I know you remember that one.

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
5:25 pm

I think the problem is solved now.
Thanks for allowing me to straighten out an obvious problem.

DD

January 31st, 2010
5:26 pm

“Victory” not vistory

Louie

January 31st, 2010
5:27 pm

german shep dog
No, not alot of time (wish I had more) to post with you mutters.
I try to make valid points.
That doesn’t sit well with you doggies.

allthisrunstogether

January 31st, 2010
5:29 pm

keysarestickingagainandhavecallouttogetrepaired.saidhewouldBEHEREWITHINANHOURANDNOWCAPSLOCKISSTUCK,MAKINGTHISMOREDIFFICULTTODO

UGA'91

January 31st, 2010
5:36 pm

How can anybody say they weren’t well coached when the article mentions how fundamentally sound they are? If anything it shows how good Rodney Garner is in preparing these kids.

RomeDawg

January 31st, 2010
5:37 pm

So much for “not being coached up” while at UGA. Look at what Tech did with a similiar player in Daryl RIchard. Chose Tech over Miami and LSU and will forever regret that.

Louie

January 31st, 2010
5:37 pm

elo-
How is the weather in Jacksonville in November.
I know you remember, don’t you?

john '90

January 31st, 2010
5:43 pm

Ole dawg and Chuydawg….great posts.
Agree with both. It’s hard for me to take the Rose Colored Dawg glasses off, but even outside observers would have to admit (as the NFL scouts have) Jeff Owens and Geno Atikins are Sunday Ready.
One thing, through the thick and thin, I love about all DAWG teams under CMR….they never quit. I see nothing but upward movement in 2010 and beyond. Harness that killer instinct and the sky is the limit. Personally, I believe we’re just starting to hit our stride!!!

Go Dawgs and God Bless!

Biggest Dawg

January 31st, 2010
5:45 pm

Does Louie go to tek,or is he still in the third grade?
Louie, I think I would slap my momma and daddy for putting a name like that on me.
They could of at least named you Chandler or Cameron or Otis or something.
Anything but Louie. These people will chew you up and spit you out on this Big Boy site.
Change your name, use one of the above if you like.
You will get a little more respect, ok little fellow.