AFL-listed Geelong player Tom Atkins has further enhanced his draft chances, laying an equal-VFL record 23 tackles in a thrilling five-point victory over Collingwood at Olympic Park Oval.

Atkins, 21, also gathered 25 disposals and kicked two goals in a clear best on ground display for the Cats. His absurd stat line included 21 contested possessions and 13 clearances.

Atkins joins Carlton-listed midfielder Nick Graham, who laid 23 tackles in a VFL game last year, in holding the all-time VFL tackling record.