Cleveland Browns' Clifton Geathers Is Definitely a "Monster" In Training

J GatskieCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

Clifton Geathers was nicknamed the "Monster" on draft day by Browns GM Tom Heckert and at 6'7", 300 lbs with excellent athleticism, that may turn out to be an apt moniker.

Geathers was a highly touted prep prospect, who graduated from Hargrave Military and spent the fall of his freshman year at prep school. He originally committed to Georgia before changing his mind and electing to go with the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks defensive end was suspended for the season opener of his junior year after a bar fight.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the 6-7, 300-pound Geathers looked like a man among boys on the field at rookie camp. On one kickoff coverage drill, Geathers pancaked a 200 lbs punter holding a blocking pad in front of him.

It was Jonathan Thoma from Ohio State, in camp on a tryout. Coach Mangini scolded Geathers and said "he needs to be careful with the smaller kids on the playground."

If the Browns can harness Geathers' physical ability, he could be a gem in the sixth round.

Geathers played in 12 games in 2009 for South Carolina with 41 tackles, including 3.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles-for-loss. He forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

“If you put that together with a solid next year with the measurables he has, he could have leap-frogged to be a first-round pick next year,” NFLDraftScout.Com said.

Geathers' strengths are his 37.5 inch arms, body control, balance, and feet. He needs work on aggressivness and his tenacity.

The following are transcripts from Clifton Geathers interview at rookie camp released by the Cleveland Browns. The interviewers are unknown.

On how camp has been so far:  “It’s going pretty good. It’s a learning experience. Everything is kind of new to me.”

On if he can be an elite player in the NFL: “I haven’t played a down yet. I am still trying to learn. I am trying my best to do what the coaches ask me to do and to do it the right way.”

On his confidence level: “I am a football player, my confidence level is very high. If I go 110 percent then I’ll be the player that I want to.”

Geathers has NFL lineage, as he is the son of former Bills' third-round pick, Robert, Sr. His older brother, Robert, Jr. is a starting defensive end for the Bengals and his uncle, Jumpy, also played in the NFL.

The Browns selected him with their second, sixth-round pick (186th overall). Geathers was rated by NFLDraftScout.com as the 132nd best player available. The pick was acquired from the Panthers.

Geathers has similar measurables to star defensive end Julius Peppers who is also 6'7" but is 15 lbs lighter and a bit quicker. He is among the tallest NFL players in the league trailing Ravens offensive lineman Jared Gaither by two inches.

He also compares physically to the legendary Ed "Too Tall" Jones, who was 6'9" and about 295lbs.

Regardless, it is obvious that the Browns stole him in the sixth round, and Geathers seems to really want to get better. He can obviously team with Shaun Rogers on special teams to attempt to block kicks right away.

Rarely will you hear that 300 lbs is too light but in Geathers case it is. Look for Coach Mangini to put him on his patented Eric Steinbach weight gaining diet.

I was going to write that it was unlikely to see him on the defensive field this year, and then I remembered who our defensive coordinator was. If anybody can find a use for a coordinated 6'7" 300lb athlete, it's Rob Ryan!

He has the size, athleticism, self assurance and burst to be a definitive force in the NFL for years, if he stays motivated and accepts coaching from Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan and Coach Eric Mangini.

Not just a definitive force, but an absolute "Monster."


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