Former WPDE All-Zoner and Gamecock defensive end Clifton Geathers has another opportunity in the NFL. Geathers was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. It's the fifth NFL team for the Carvers Bay product. Geathers was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2010 and bounced around to Miami and Seattle before winding up with the Dallas Cowboys where he played five games in 2011. Geathers has played in seven career NFL games.
Geathers said on his Twitter account that he signed with the Buffalo Bills practice squad in September, but that deal fell through.Updated list of players with local ties on NFL Opening Day RostersAtlanta Falcons - John Abraham (Lamar), Cliff Matthews (Cheraw)Buffalo Bills - Tyler Thigpen (Coastal Carolina)Carolina Panthers - Mike Tolbert (Coastal Carolina), Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina)Cincinnati Bengals - Robert Geathers, Jr. (Carvers Bay)Denver Broncos - Robert Ayers (Marlboro County)Detroit Lions - Justin Durant (Wilson)Minnesota Vikings - Jerome Simpson (Coastal Carolina)Pittsburgh Steelers - Lawrence Timmons (Wilson) Local Players on NFL Practice SquadsIndianapolis Colts - Clifton Geathers (Carvers Bay)Green Bay Packers - Brandon Bostick (West Florence)Kansas City Chiefs - Junior Hemingway (Conway)Pittsburgh Steelers - Marshall McFadden (Lamar) WPDE All Zone Draft Picks History 2007 1st round - #15 - Lawrence Timmons (Wilson HS - Pittsburgh Steelers) 2009 1st Round - #18 - Robert Ayers (Marlboro County HS - Denver Broncos) 2007 2nd Round - #48 - Justin Durant (Wilson HS - Jacksonville Jaguars) 2007 3rd Round - #95 - Anthony Waters (Lake View HS - San Diego Chargers) 2004 4th Round - #117 - Robert Geathers, Jr. (Carvers Bay - Cincinnati Bengals) 2007 4th Round - #123 - Fred Bennett (Manning HS - Houston Texans) 2007 5th Round - #163 - Brandon Frye (Myrtle Beach HS - Houston Texans) 2009 5th Round - #166 - Michael Hamlin (Lamar HS - Dallas Cowboys) 2010 6th Round - #186 - Clifton Geathers (Carvers Bay - Cleveland Browns) 2011 7th Round - #230 - Cifff Matthews (Cheraw - Atlanta Falcons) 2012 7th Round - #238 - Junior Hemingway (Conway - Kansas City Chiefs)2008 7th Round - #240 - Allen Patrick (Conway - Baltimore Ravens) Coastal Carolina NFL Draft History 2007 7th round - #217 - Tyler Thigpen (Minnesota Vikings) 2008 2nd round - #46 - Jerome Simpson (Cincinnati Bengals) 2012 5th round - #143 - Josh Norman (Carolina Panthers) Undrafted WPDE-All Zoners who played in the NFLQuinton Teal (Marlboro County) - Panthers/Chargers