Chargers Sign Georgia NT Kwame Geathers

January 2, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Kwame Geathers (99) rushes as Michigan State Spartans guard Chris McDonald (62) blocks during the second half of the 2012 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Michigan State Spartans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33-30 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers are making their move with undrafted free agents right now and one big name has committed to playing for the Chargers. 6-foot-5, 342 point defensive tackle out of Georgia, Kwame Geathers, will join the defensive line and will get a good shot at winning a job on the roster.

The depth at nose tackle is thin. Cam Thomas was the only player on the roster to play the nose.

Here is the scouting report on Geathers from CBS Sports:

Strengths: Simply massive with surprisingly even overall weight distribution. Tall with the arm length to go along with his height. Good quickness off the snap, showing enough burst to surprise the center and ruin plays before they begin. Strong enough to plant his feet and simply lean to the side to occupy two gaps. Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Significantly improved lateral and downfield hustle in 2012. Surprisingly light on his feet and possesses impressive straight-line speed for a man of his size. Rare bloodlines.
Weaknesses: Is not the sum of his parts. Relies on his size and doesn’t play as big as he looks. Struggles with leverage and can get knocked off the ball when his pad level rises. Possesses only average hand quickness and technique and struggles to disengage once blockers get into his chest. Does not get his hands up into passing lanes as much as he should (one career PBU, blocked kick). Offers virtually nothing as a pass rusher, showing little flexibility or sustained burst in close areas to close on ball-carriers. Elected to leave Georgia after his junior season with a starting role likely assured to him in 2013, raising questions about whether his improved play in 2012 was strictly financially motivated.

Compares To: Paul Soliai, DL, Miami Dolphins — Just as the 6-4, 345 pound Soliai was coming out of Utah in 2007, Geathers’ incredible size and surprising athleticism will make him an intriguing Day Three developmental prospect for a two-gap team.

Topics: San Diego Chargers

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  • James Scott

    Could see this one coming a mile away.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      TT signing depth in UDFA? No… Never! Lol.

      • James Scott

        No, the Chargers signing Geathers.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Oh.. Gotcha.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Moretti/100002785058214 Edward Moretti

          That’s why I commented on getting him in the 5th or 6th rounds in the morning article about who we should target on the third day of the draft.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Great call!!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    So bad ass – New Dudes:

    Purdue CB Josh Johnson

    Georgia DT Kwame Geathers

    Cornell WR Luke Tasker

    Sierra College WR Courtney Gardner

    Virginia Tech OT Nick Becton

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      Gardner is the JC guy with Big size we scouted right?

      • Rob Base

        Ya he’s had some issues with possession and drinking on campus though. Someone to keep an eye on.

        • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

          I knew they would sign that guy, PR big targets #1 priority lol

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            The dude has moves…. Seems o be something Telesco likes

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Dude we could cut all the guys we owe big money too and start a new WR core all 6’2 and above lol

          • arnie

            This Is the same moves he pulled with colts. We all know how that worked out. Which just goes to show, not every player needs to be first rounder, most just need a chance and he right environment to flourish.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            arnie: Grigson managed and turned the Colts around. This is TT’s first GM job. TT had no authority.–The GM is Grigson. He makes those player calls. And yes, there is a need for first rounders–the Colts are a prime example. The first round pick of Andrew Luck was one of the biggest factors in the turnaround.

            And remember: you get what you pay for. No free lunches in most cases.

          • boltingindiego

            an actual qb who can play was the turn around. the colts wouldn’t have gotten luck if they had a capable back up who could actually play incase peyton got hurt but they didn’t. Then guess what he got hurt they signed kerry collins to start and had 2-14 season.

          • arnie

            Stefanie, TT was the number 2 man. If you think he had nothing to do with what went on with the colts turnaround then you are mistaken. Like Grigson, TT listens to his staff and If I re-call TT was there for 15 years. As for first rounders I did NOT say, “they don’t need them”, NOT every player needs to be one, to make difference.
            Example Deilman, Gates, Sproles, V Jackson, any of these guys ring a bell? None of them were first rounders some of them were UDFA. So did we get what we paid for with them?
            Remember, just because they drafted a player in the first round, doesn’t make them an impact player. Ask Ryan Leaf.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

            …lol, sorry Ryan’s not taking any questions right now…he’s busy taking it in the glory hole from Bubba his cellmate…

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            He admits it, arnie. He says he is new at the GM job. He is an experienced talent scout. Please. Fifteen years would put him at 25. No he was not working as a talent scout at 25. He is good at what he does, but he did not rebuild the Colts. I know he is touted to have parted the Red Sea, but it doesn’t mean he actually did it.

            And RG3 and Andrew Luck (first round picks) were impact players. But Arian Foster was an undrafted free agent, I believe. All I am saying is scrounging off the streets is what AJ did. You get lucky, but it is harder to find primo first rate talent. They are out there, yes, but not in the abundance that we like to believe. That’s why the good talent scouts get paid big money.

          • arnie

            Please stop avoiding the point.
            DID he or, did he not have anything to do with the colts turn around on in 2012? Yes or No?
            Where did i say he was scout 15 years ago? Telesco has been apart of the the colts, under polian for fifteen years. Eveything he has learned, and applied to being the GM here, he learned with the colts. He admits that as well.
            So again, he was part of an organization that had a great decade run in the playoffs. Andrew Luck was a no brainer. but there were other players, they selected , on offense an defense, that contributed. Was Tom apart of any of that, Yes or No?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        That is the dude!

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    We just signed: South Carolina NT Byron Jerideau

    • Guest

      Now: SE Louisiana LB Devan Walker

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        Loading up big time

  • Rob Base

    Nice to see NT and OT. No RB’s yet?

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I had a feeling by the way TT lets our nose tackles leave that he values them at a dime a dozen and knew we could pick them up at basement contracts after the draft. It worked

    • arnie

      So can we agree TT Is as smart as he looks, by not trading away the future, when this draft is heavy with linemen and skill positions?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-P-Derrick/1654577989 James P Derrick

        Dub T in the heezy! I can’t wait to see these players play for San Dog

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Raiders are raiding the UDFA’s lol

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Just signed Missouri Western RB Michael Hill

    • Rob Base

      Nice I was waiting for that one!

  • arnie

    Oh look just like we said, filing up the “holes”. Plenty of players in UDFA….

  • 619chargers4life
    • Gunnar Martin

      I really like this kid. Hopefully he can earn his way up to the 3rd spot on the depth chart and kick Ronnie Brown out of town once and for all. Hill would be our goal line/power back that we are missing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Ronnie Brown has a new contract. Why don’t you like Ronnie Brown? He tries hard and gives it everything he’s got.

        • Gunnar Martin

          I do like that he tries hard, maybe it’s just that he seemed to become a symbol of Norv Turner’s ruining of this team because he overused him. All those dump-off passes will forever be imprinted in my memory.

          Also, I would rather we have a bull dozer for short yardage situations. We have the passing game covered with Woodhead/Mathews, and Hill wouldn’t be bad in that aspect either.

  • blu3ny3llow

    I love this pick up…..he’s a monster of a man

    • blu3ny3llow

      Man …Brandon Moore and bryon jerideau look like beasts also…looks like Can Thomas got some help on the way…young talent with upside

  • Cgoodness13

    He will be a good at stuffing the inside, all we really need him to do lol liuget and Reyes will take care of the rest.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Was hoping they would draft this guy after Jesse Williams was taken right before us in the 5th. TT’s genius prevails again.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      He did good

  • JoseSD

    I saw a mock where they had this Guy being taken by the Chargers in rd 6-5, he’s a beast of a man. It’s been a while since we had that nose tackle who can plug up the middle like Jamal Williams. Remember those days where he would occupy the center and guard letting all the LBs flow to the ball and make plays. How I long for the days to return where we chant “You can’t run!! You can’t run!!” After stonewalling the running back

  • nativesandiegan

    He’s one of 2 or 3 guys I wanted in 7th rd. in my mock draft that I never completed because of this wacky draft. Didn’t want to spend 1st rd. on Lotuleile because of our o-line situation. Didn’t even really want to spend a 7th. Figured UFA’s would flock here due to our extreme needs at NT, O-LINE, RB, SS, & needed depth everywhere (and our new focus on winning a championship). Any decent agent would direct their player here where everyone is getting a fresh start. YES!!!

  • nativesandiegan

    I need to read like crazy to catch up to you guys (and gals). Once again on Hawaii time where everything is a day late “Hang Loose” as they say. I was up till 3:30 this morning and couldn’t find anything on UFA’s. Gotta read, Gotta read, Gotta read… (and stop typing)

    • nativesandiegan

      I meant UDFA’s, not UFA’s although I can see us “adding competition at LT & even G with UFA’s – Starks would be great)

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