Another Georgia underclassman that has an NFL decision to make is redshirt junior nose guard Kwame Geathers
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Nose guard Kwame Geathers said he will speak to family members before deciding whether to declare for the NFL draft.
“Undecided right now,” Geathers said. “Very undecided. Just kind of going to wait for the bowl and make my decision.”
Geathers’ family has a history of turning pro with eligibility remaining, but he said he will make his own decision.
His brother, Robert, left after his junior season at Georgia and was a fourth-round draft pick in 2004. Another brother, Clifton, went in the sixth round in 2010 out of South Carolina.
Asked if he could buck the trend of Geathers leaving as underclassmen, he said: “I feel like already broke the trend. I’ve been here for four years. They were there for three years.”
The 6-foot-6, 355-pound Geathers said he will talk to his brothers, father and uncles (including former NFL pass rusher Jumpy Geathers) along with his mother. He’s already spoken to Georgia coaches about his pending decision.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper said if Geathers entered the draft, “you’ve got to look at a guy like that in the second, third round mix. You have to. They’re valuable in the NFL for obvious reasons. You pop him in the second round as a possibility.”
Asked if a second or third round grade would be enough to encourage him to turn pro, Geathers said: “Somewhat, but I’m one of those guys that don’t listen to that kind of stuff. It can go either way. You’ve got the combine, you’ve got a lot of times left that you have to prove yourself.”