Cleveland Browns Sign First of 2010 Draft Picks, DL Clifton Geathers

BEREA, OH - MAY 01: T.J. Ward #2 of the Cleveland Browns talks with Clifton Geathers #95 during rookie mini camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on May 1, 2010 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Clifton Geathers, the 6-7, 300 lb behemoth on the defensive line, has signed a multi-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, making him the first of the team’s eight 2010 NFL Draft picks to sign with the team. The huge defensive lineman was the team’s last draft pick, coming to the Browns in the sixth round.

Geathers brings a lot of size and length to the defensive line, but he is a raw player that carries some of that baggage in the form of his personal conduct. He says what’s on his mind, which will always be entertaining, but he was suspended for the season opener of his junior season at South Carolina for being arrested outside of a nightclub.  During minicamp, he also happened to throw punches at an offensive lineman. He was obviously reprimanded, but it would be concerning to see this kind of thing continue.

Clifton Geathers is a young player who entered the draft early despite the belief by many scouts that he should have stayed for his senior season. However, if the Browns can succeed in molding Geathers into being better both on and off the field, he could become a force to be reckoned with.

Topics: Cleveland Browns, Clifton Geathers, Contract, NFL Draft

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