Georgia defensive lineman Kwame Geathers comes from NFL family

University of Georgia junior defensive lineman Kwame Geathers met informally with the Ravens at the NFL scouting combine, talking with defensive line coach Clarence Brooks.

"I liked my talk with their defensive line coach," Geathers said during a telephone interview. "We had a great talk. I enjoyed it a lot. That's a great organization, they're the champs."


The Super Bowl champions could probably use some bolstering in the middle of their defensive line with nose guard Terrence Cody coming off hip surgery and an unproductive season.

Geathers is a 6-foot-6, 335-pound nose guard and defensive tackle who comes from a family with a rich NFL tradition.


Geathers' older brothers are Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Clifton Geathers. And his father, Robert Geathers Sr. was a third-round pick with the Buffalo Bills in the 1981 NFL draft.

And Kwame Geathers' uncle is James "Jumpy" Geathers, who played defensive line in the NFL for 13 seasons and won a Super Bowl championship with the Washington Redskins.

Geathers, who's down from 355 pounds, has also worked out privately for the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I'm enjoying the moment," Geathers said. "It's going good. It's a once in a lifetime experience, so I'm going to soak it up and enjoy it. Teams like me. "I'm a big guy, and a big body is hard to find.

"Some teams like me as a nose guard, some as a three-technique. I'm just looking for an opportunity to play football. I'm not getting into what rounds I might go in. I just want to showcase my talent wherever I go."

Geathers is projected as a middle-round to later-round draft target.

At the NFL scouting combine, he had an 8-foot broad jump, a 26 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 5.4 in the 40-yard dash.

At his campus Pro Day workout, Geathers had a 29-inch vertical leap, an 8-7 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times with a 7.88 three-cone drill.

All of his numbers improved from the combine at his Pro Day.

Geathers learned football at an early age from his family.

"Yeah, it runs in the family," Geathers said. "My brothers, my dad and my uncle all give me the right advice, but they let me make my own decisions. They tell me to be sure to stay in shape and get ready for the season when the time comes so I'm mentally and physically ready. I'm not too caught up in the hype, I just want to get to the NFL and do my thing.

"It's a great opportunity, a dream come true. I've always wanted to do this. I've got to be ready to prove what I can do. I don't want to just make it there. I want to stay there and do a great job."


Last season, Geathers had 40 tackles, five for losses, in five starts. He had six tackles against Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

He also had one sack and a blocked field goal last season. As a sophomore, he had 14 tackles in a dozen games with three starts. As a freshman, Geathers was an All-Southeastern Conference all-freshman selection as he had seven tackles, one for a loss, in eight games.

Geathers was a Super Prep All-American selection growing up in Georgetown, South Carolina.

For his career at Georgia, he had 61 tackles.

"Kwame is the next one up," Robert Geathers Sr. said. "I saw Jumpy at the Pro Day and I also told one of the scouts that Kwame will play on Sundays and somebody will get a great player. He'll work hard. The teams that pass him up will wish they hadn't."

Geathers played in a rotation at Georgia with other highly-regarded Bulldogs defensive linemen, including John Jenkins, another player often linked to the Ravens.

"I would have liked to play a little more, but I did whatever the coaches asked me to do," Geathers said. "I'm big on winning. I love to win. My tape will tell the story.

"They'll get a hard worker who's going to come in and do everything he's asked to do. I love football and come from a good family of football players."


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