Dominique Easley, DT

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 288 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.93--26 ----

Player Overview

Easley was lost for the 2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during a routine practice September 24. Despite sustaining the injury, Easley announced shortly thereafter that he was heading to the NFL. The injury was particularly disconcerting because less than two years earlier, Easley suffered a similar injury to his left knee.

When healthy, Easley has shown great quickness, an attribute that he has used to penetrate offensive lines and consistently pressure opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, besides durability, Easley has also struggled with making the big play when in position to do so, flashing rather than dominating.

Easley started 26 of 32 games at Florida, posting 72 tackles, including 18 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

A healthy Easley has exceptional get-off quickness, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. But buyer beware. In a draft awash with talent, some team will really need to have a special feeling for Easley to spend a high pick based on potential not attained due to multiple, non-contact injuries.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Easley proved a quick-healer after a torn ACL in 2010, by coming back to start 11 games in 2012 and showed versatility, lining up at defensive end. Easley's tackle numbers dropped overall (26) but he finished with more big plays (8.5 for loss, team-leading four sacks), including 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the Sugar Bowl loss. Easley's explosiveness off the ball has been among the best in the conference. He also has quick, active hands to slap away blockers and is able to hold up well against the run at this level due to good core strength.

WEAKNESSES: At under 290 pounds, Easley may be considered undersized to be an every-down interior defensive lineman at the next level. As with any player who has suffered an ACL tear, there may be questions about durability and long-term health. Not a natural fit in a 3-4 front and may struggle to earn an every-down role in the 4-3. Due to his less-than-ideal size, Easley is reliant on his burst and agility, making his recovery from a second ACL injury potentially critical to his NFL success.

Compares To: Michael Bennett, Seahawks -- Bennett is a couple of inches taller but his relatively lean frame (6-4, 274), burst and agility make him an appropriate comparison to Easley, who could prove an invaluable interior rusher in the NFL (but not necessarily a full-time starter) if he can remain healthy.


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05/12/2014 - Patriots stay put, take undersized, injured DT...Despite many presumptions that the New England Patriots might be looking to trade down and out of the first round to take advantage of the perceived depth in the 2014 NFL Draft class, coach Bill Belichick stayed put and made a pick for the first time in the last few years. New England continued its offseason spent addressing the defense by picking Florida defensive tackle Dominque Easley. "The way the board ended up we felt real good about Dominque being available at 29," Belichick said to open his press conference at the conclusion of the first round.

Easley is an undersized (6-foot-2, 288-pound) defensive tackle with athletic ability to penetrate in both run and pass defense. He also tore the ACL in each of his knees over the course of the last three years. He played in just three games last fall for the Gators due to the second ACL tear, one that kept Easley from working out this spring when the Patriots held a workout with various Florida players. Still, Belichick was clearly impressed with the type of disruptive play that Easley showed when healthy in Gainesville. "He's a very disruptive player," Belichick said. "Very explosive. He's smart, instinctive and has a great motor. There's not much to not like about him." Belichick also downplayed any concerns he might have about Easley's current and pass ACL issues. "When he gets up here we'll work with him and see where he's at," Belichick added. "We feel like he'll be all right." - The Sports Xchange



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