The Eagles shipped FB Stanley Havili to the Colts for DE Clifton Geathers.
Geathers has been around the league, playing for Cleveland, Miami, Seattle, Dallas, Buffalo, and Indy. Of course, Marlon Favorite would call that a stable career.
Geathers lists at 6-7, 325. He is here to compete for a spot in the rotation at DE, I’m assuming primarily on the left side. Whether we’re 3-4 or 4-3 Under, you want a guy at LDE that can set the edge and handle the run.
Geathers has played in 15 career games. His best football came last year for the Colts. He got into 8 games and became a solid part of the rotation. There are no guarantees that he’ll even make the Eagles roster, but Havili had no shot since he’s a FB and we’re not going to use a FB.
Smart move. Add a player who fits your scheme, helps add depth to the spring/summer rotation and see if the guy can play.
Here are my pre-draft notes on him:
“He mainly played LDE at SoCar. Moves well for such a long guy. Can eat up a lot of ground in just a couple of steps. Tremendous length. Looks real athletic at times. Needs more lower body strength. Very vulnerable when he is too high. Blockers can easily get under him and move him off the ball. Looks like a man-child on some plays/days. Geathers had 4.5 TFLs vs Florida. Looked great at times in the game. When he fires off the ball and stays low, Clifton is really hard to block. I see him as a mid to late round pick. Limited experience, production. Had 6 career sacks.
Geathers came out early. Dumb decision. I partially mean that as a compliment. Geathers is huge at 6’7, 299. He also has some athletic ability, especially for such a big guy. There is a lot to like about him. He only started one full year at South Carolina and is still raw. Unlike Jason Pierre-Paul, Geathers did not have a break through year. The timing wasn’t right to come out. Another year could have really helped him develop into a solid prospect. As it is, he’ll be drafted on his size and potential, but Geathers is very much a boom or bust type that won’t appeal to every team.”
The depth chart looked very sparse at DE so the move helps, even if it just gets us through mini-camps and Training Camp. He does have the kind of size that Chip Kelly wants.
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