Big Lineman Brings Big Potential

OBR Browns Reporter
Posted Apr 24, 2010


The Browns acquired considerable size and huge upside in South Carolina's Clifton Geathers. Will Clifton continue his family's success in the NFL?

 

BEREA—The Browns selected their fourth defensive player—and first non-defensive back-- to conclude their 2010 draft.

Clifton Geathers, defensive end from South Carolina joins the Browns with a huge upside. He is listed at 6-8 and 299 pounds with 37.75 inch long arms. He came out of college early and according to some experts, if he stayed in school he could’ve been a first-round pick next year.

“He’s a monster at 6-8,” Tom Heckert said. “Usually, a guy like him isn’t as athletic. He’s a lot like his uncle Jumpy Geathers.”

Geathers played in 12 games in 2009 with 41 tackles, including 3.5 sacks. He forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

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

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

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

Barring trades, Geathers will be the final selection for the Browns as they are not scheduled to pick in the seventh-round.


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