Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Kwame Geathers, Robert's younger brother, knows Geno and they're both former Georgia Bulldogs. Now Kwame wants the title as best defensive tackle in the NFL.
"Jumpy" was their uncle, establishing an impressive 13-year career that included 62 quarterback sacks and two Super Bowl rings. Robert is the eldest, who has spent his entire nine-year career with Cincinnati, generating 33 quarterback sacks -- 10.5 during the 2006 season. Clifton, selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, has spent time with five FNL teams, most recently with the Indianapolis Colt where he recorded his first career sack against the Houston Texans last December.
Now there is another emerging from the Geathers clan in the NFL.
Robert's youngest brother Kwame, reportedly with a weight fluctuating around 340-350, declared for the NFL draft last month, foregoing his senior season much like his older brothers. "I felt like I was ready to go," Geathers told Dawgs247.com in early January.
Family has helped.
"Having my brothers and my family members to go to and ask for advice about it, it’s given me a lot of comfort," Geathers said during bowl practice. "I’m not worrying about it, stressing about it at all because I feel like I’ve got all the resources I need."
The defensive tackle is projected as a middle round prospect, if not a project that requires some work with consistency and technique.
Could the Bengals look at Geathers? Aside from the whole brother angle that Cincinnati has experience with, Geathers is a Georgia Bulldog and the Bengals love them bulldogs. Marvin Lewis and company have drafted at least one Georgia player in each of the previous three drafts (Atkins, Boling, Green, Charles) and seven in the last nine (Thurman, Pollack, R.Geathers).
With Robert there's a slight connection to the Bengals, which includes a little bantering among other Georgia defensive tackles, writes Geoff Hobson.
Meet Kwame Geathers, the latest star in the Geathers galaxy of family football. And Robert's "little," brother (339 pounds), smiled Sunday when asked who is the better player. Him or former Georgia teammate Geno Atkins.
"I'm a better player. I'm a better player," Geathers said and when told that Atkins is the best defensive tackle in the NFL he said, "I know. I'm coming for it."
Kwame Geathers, of course, knows Atkins from his Cincinnati visits.
"I keep up with what he's doing on the field and we've talked when I've gone to visit my brother,' he said.
It seems unlikely that Cincinnati uses one of their selections on a defensive tackle this year, especially considering they really didn't know what to do with Devon Still and Brandon Thompson last season, two defensive tackle draft picks from the most recent draft buried on the depth chart.