Eagles Hoping They Have a Sleeper in Clifton Geathers
The Eagles thought enough of defensive lineman Clifton Geathers to acquire him from the Colts in exchange for FB Stanley Havili.
A mountain of a man, at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, Geathers has the height and size 3-4 teams want at defensive end. Geathers possesses plenty of potential with nearly 37-inch arms he should compete for a spot at five technique in the Eagles 3-4 defense.
"Clifton has done some really good things since we have had him here," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. "I think he has extremely long arms, long levers, and can really separate and really uses his hands extremely well."
The 2010 sixth-round pick has appeared in just 15 career games, notching five tackles and one sack. Geathers has bounced around the league, spending time with the Browns, Seahawks, Cowboys, and Colts.
One thing that might be keeping him in the league is his athletic ability that he showed off back at the 2010 combine where he ran a 4.98 40 yard dash, had a 36 inch vertical jump and a 7.69 three-cone drill.
"We’re excited," admitted Kelly. "You didn’t really know exactly what you had until we got him here. Big body and that is what we want on our defensive front are big guys, and he really fits right now and he can play a couple of spots in there."
The scouting report on Geathers suggests that you shouldn't expect too much from the 25-year-old as a pass rusher, but he is really good against the run, regardless, he will compete for a roster spot in Eagles training camp.