Cowboys future focus: DE Clifton Geathers


Position: Defensive end

Height: 6-7. Weight: 300

College: South Carolina

How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Seattle

What he did in 2010: Geathers bounced around the league before arriving at Valley Ranch in early December. The Cleveland Browns drafted him in the sixth round and released him in final cuts before the season. He signed with the Miami Dolphins, playing in one game before getting dropped to the practice squad. The Seahawks picked him up and released him a couple of weeks later, when the Cowboys claimed him off of waivers. He was active in only one game with the Cowboys.

What to look for in 2011: Geathers will get a chance to compete for a reserve defensive end role. Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher are all free agents, so there will probably be an opportunity for a young player to make his mark. Geathers looks the part at a lean 6-7, 300 pounds. He needs to prove he can play during training camp and the preseason.

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: Here’s once again the pro department seeing the guy in the preseason and having an evaluation on him. When you get a guy with size and strength, that’s what you’re looking for at a defensive end. Obviously, they thought he had some of those traits. He’s got the measurables. This is the pro department looking ahead and knowing they’ve got three defensive ends coming up in free agency. This is a guy you take a shot on.