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2013 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper projects Kwame Geathers as 2nd or 3rd round pick

The massive junior nose tackle could go early in the NFL Draft if he decides to go pro.

Scott Cunningham

With the regular season now over, it's decision time for a lot of Georgia's highly-touted juniors, who will have to choose between returning to school for one more run at an SEC Championship or becoming a professional.

One such player is Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers, who ESPN analyst Mel Kiper thinks could be an early pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (courtesy of the Macon Telegraph):

"Geathers is a junior who has a decision to make. He's huge, he's a space-eater. He frees up the linebacker, and that obviously helped out Ogletree at inside linebacker, having Jenkins, having Geathers," Kiper said. "You pop (Geathers) in the second round as a possibility."

At 6'6", 355 pounds, Geathers has ideal size to play the nose tackle position in the 3-4 defense at the next level, where he would be asked to do many of the same things he does for the Bulldogs -- clog the middle of the field and free up linebackers to make plays in the run game.

He had 37 tackles in 2012, including 15 for loss and 1 sack. He's the younger brother of Robert Geathers, a Georgia defensive lineman from 2001-2004 who now plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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