The 2014 NFL Draft is full of wild cards, but no one's wilder than Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley.
Easley would be a top-10 pick if he was healthy, but he tore his ACL in the middle of 2013 and is considered more of a second-round prospect at this point. That could change Wednesday.
That's when Easley will, according to Jeff Barlis of ESPN, work out for scouts at Florida in an attempt to show how he's recovering from his injury.
It's not Easley's first comeback from an ACL: he tore up his left knee back in 2011. That's a red flag because, well, that's what multiple ACL injuries are.
On the other hand, Easley was doing some pretty impressive things after that first injury:
Just Toledo, I know. But that's cotillion-level waltzing into the backfield.
You'd be crazy to think there's not interest in Easley in this draft. A team with depth and talent at defensive tackle (the Patriots perhaps??) could gamble on taking him early, letting him rehab for a full season and then unleashing him later.
In fact, Barlis reports that 16 NFL teams -- the Rams, Raiders, Buccaneers, Redskins, Cardinals, Cowboys, Jaguars, Bears, Pats, Ravens, Chargers, Giants, Seahawks, Titans, 49ers and Chiefs (whew) -- showed up to Gainesville to watch the defensive tackle work out.
Dominique Easley's workout today is crucial to his draft projection. NFL Scouts want to see if he can still plant, redirect and be explosive— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 17, 2014
You'd certainly prefer, if you're drafting Easley, to get him in the second round.
But if he comes out and dominates in Florida on Wednesday that might not even be an option.