Prospect: Kwame Geathers, DT, GeorgiaKwame Geathers

Height: 6’5⅜”

Weight: 342 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Long speed negligible, far from a pursuit player
  • Has heavy feet that lack any short-area quickness, steps are infrequent at the point of attack
  • Stays well balanced through contact despite his height, handles his weight and frame commendably
  • Massive lower half with a well-built frame, strength to match it

Intelligence/Effort:

  • High effort player with a to-the-whistle motor
  • Lacks anticipation of blockers, overall reaction speed to what he sees is slow, almost always a half step behind
  • Often puts his head down and loses sight of the ball, awareness level lacking

Pass Rush:

  • Strong bullrush and ability to move the pocket effectively
  • Relentless rusher who is more disruptive to passers than the statistics indicate
  • Very inefficient on stunts due to lack of acceleration and lateral movement skills
  • Rushing production due almost exclusively to size and strength, has no developed pass rush moves or speed rush ability
  • Gets his hands into passing lanes infrequently even when unsuccessful with initial rush, affected by reaction speed and ball awareness

Run Support:

  • Space eater on the inside who can engage and hold his ground against a double team effectively to free linebackers
  • Gets locked up easily by run blockers despite his strong hands, lack of foot quickness hinders ability to get away from blocks
  • Struggles to react to directional “wall-off” blocks often because of a slow first step
  • Inability to disengage consistently limits ability to control two gaps against single run blockers
  • Lacks range working down the line against edge runs, not a high tackle numbers defender by any means
  • Strong tackler when he gets there, limits yards after contact with strong hands and technique

Technique:

  • Strong initial punch to rock blockers onto their heels, impossible to handle if he can gain the upper hand
  • Does well to keep pad level low considering his height, credit his flexible hips for a big bodied defensive tackle
  • Often takes a lateral first step instead of one forward into contact, holds back ability to dictate blockers

Overall:

Kwame Geathers is a massive man and an immovable object on the inside.  Between that size and impressive bloodlines, he’s piqued the interest of anyone looking for an anchor for the middle of their defensive line.  Geathers’ father, uncle, and brother have all played in the league, which is something the league’s decision makers quickly take notice of.  He has three seasons of playing experience on the Georgia defense but was heavily rotated in and out.  Geathers is a run down specialist due to his ability to take up space and control blockers at the point of attack.  But even for a true nose tackle, he gets to the ball at a low rate and lacks the feet to maneuver down the line.  He’s a perfect fit for a 3-4 defense looking for a two down nose tackle in the middle.  The problem is that his upside isn’t high, which has shown in his lack of development over the last couple of years in college.  Because of his low ceiling and schematic deficiencies, he’s more of a middle to late round pick than a player you would consider before the draft’s third day.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Kwame Geathers Scouting Report

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