Geno Atkins is one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL.
Entering his ninth NFL season in 2018, Atkins has 61 career sacks, the most among any active defensive tackle. He’s also tied with Everson Griffen for the 21st-most sacks among all active players.
Needless to say, Atkins is one of the best in the game at what he does, but not everyone is convinced he’s still one of the 2-3 best defensive tackles in football.
NFL.com’s new ranking of the league’s top defensive tackles has Atkins coming in at No. 4, trailing Aaron Donald, Gerald McCoy and Fletcher Cox.
4. Geno Atkins, DT, Bengals
He’s been around for quite some time and is still producing at a high level (see: nine sacks and 20 QB hits as a 29-year-old in 2017). Because of his great get-off -- one of the best in the league -- Atkins disrupts offensive fronts at a prolific rate. We should see more of the same from the former fourth-round pick in Year 9.
This past season, Atkins appeared in all 16 games in 2017 and finished with 46 total tackles, nine sacks, and was ranked second among interior defensive lineman by Pro Football Focus (accounts for 4-3 and 3-4 defensive tackles). He was named to the 2018 Pro Bowl. and ranked 63rd in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.
Atkins still has a case for being the best defensive tackle in football, so being ranked fourth is a bit of a slight.