Scouting Report: DE Clifton Geathers

Among the players the Dolphins claimed off waivers after the final cuts this weekend, the most intriguing had to be defensive end Clifton Geathers. The rookie from South Carolina was a sixth-round pick for the Browns who failed to make Cleveland's 53-man roster.

He's also got good genes: he's the son of former Bills defensive lineman Robert Geathers, the brother of Bengals defensive lineman Robert Geathers and the nephew of former Saints defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers.

To get the lowdown on Geathers, we checked in with the Orange and Brown Report's Barry McBride, who offered this scouting report:

"Very raw talent, prized mostly because of his size and developmental potential. His 'bloodlines' add to the hype, since he's related to Jumpy Geathers and Robert Geathers.

"The Browns grabbed late him in the draft (sixth round), and several other teams were supposedly interested in the DL. He was outplayed by other rookies and developmental prospects during the preseason, and he showed no promise of being able to help the team this year at all. He's a high-risk, high-reward type of prospect, and the Browns were trying to slide him through to the practice squad to see if they were going to be able to make anything out of him this year. His body frame is intriguing, but we didn't see anything on the field to back up the notion that he was going to quickly mature into a usable player in the DL rotation.

"He made a very questionable decision coming out for the draft, and needs a lot of work to be ready to play in the NFL. He had a coach in his ear a lot at camp this year. Unless the Dolphins can slide him onto their practice squad, it's a wasted roster spot in 2010."


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