Going the Distance with Georgia's Geno Atkins

Geno Atkins has done everything possible to set himself up for draft day. He established himself as a disruptive force on the Bulldogs' D-line; he shined in the offseason workout circuit; and now, as he tells us in the final installment of this pre-draft series, he's set to take his game to the next level.

Geno Atkins established himself as a penetrating interior defender for the Bulldogs. He recorded 111 tackles, 33 TFLs and 10.5 sacks between 2007-2009 and looks to keep wreaking havoc on the next level.

Atkins allows us to follow his journey to the NFL Draft via this series of regular Q&As. In case you missed them, check out Part I and Part II.

Michael Lombardo: Last time we spoke, you were getting ready for your Pro Day on March 16. Tell us how that experience went for you.

Geno Atkins: Pro Day went pretty good. You get to meet with some former players who were seniors and juniors, talk to them and see how their pre-draft training has been going and stuff like that. I didn't do too much at Pro Day except for the position drills -- I wanted to stand on my Combine numbers.

ML: Aside from workout numbers, what else can you take away from Pro Day? Did you make any interesting contacts with NFL teams?

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GA: I just got more of a feel for their organizations and where I would fit in, really. I also got a feel for the personalities of their coaching staffs and stuff like that.

ML: Since your Pro Day, have you had a chance to take any visits or be worked out by any NFL teams?

GA: Yeah, I visited with Tampa. Also, the Patriots came and worked us out. Both experiences went pretty well. I think the coaches saw what I could do and I heard some good things, so I think it went well.

ML: With the draft less than a month away, do you have any inclination where you might end up? And at what point in the draft do you expect to hear your named called?

GA: I think I'll be surprised [by which teams drafts me]. I've heard that I could go in any round, really. Maybe somewhere in the fourth or the fifth, something like that.

ML: What are you going to do over draft weekend?

GA: I'll be at home with my family, watching on TV.

ML: Is it bizarre to know that a month from now you'll be partaking in a mini camp, but you don't know with what team or in which city?

GA: It's really not too much to deal with. I don't think it will be too big of a transition. I guess that's what college is for; you move to another state -- I moved to another state to go to the University of Georgia -- so the only transition would be trying to get familiar with the players, plays and coaches.

ML: Summarize for us what you'll bring to your future employer.

GA: I can bring speed and quickness. I am someone who is going to work hard, study the playbook and be the first one in and the last one out. I am a really hard worker.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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