2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Dominique Easley (DL, Florida)

Dominique Easley is your newest Patriot.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

With the 29th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Patriots have selected Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley (6’2″, 288). Read on for my reaction to the pick—and not trading down.

 

 


Dominique Easley is a Top-10 talent. His lightning-quick first step allows for quick penetration and he lives in the defensive backfield. The big concern with Easley is his health. He has suffered two ACL injuries in the past—one in each knee—but reportedly received a clean bill of health at the combine. He told media on a conference call that “I’m healthy. I’m just ready to get up there and do whatever Coach Belichick wants me to do.”

This is what Easley can do when healthy:

The lone certainty when facing the enigmatic Easley is his rapid first step. After all, few are out of their stance by the time he’s across the line of scrimmage.

He makes the most of that responsiveness by propelling into gaps or carving around on stunts.

Albeit without overpowering strength or bulk, Easley sparks plays through his functional leverage, lean and active hands. He isn’t a catcher; he is one to make first contact, extending and locking his arms as he divides the blocking scheme. From there, his downhill speed and lateral agility often yield offensive holding penalties – he drew three last season against the Miami Hurricanes, alone.

Now there are times when Easley is on the wrong end of penalties as well, since he has a penchant for jumping the snap. When he gets off late, which is seldom, he loses the upper hand. He can struggle to disengage from a matchup due to a blocker’s length, hand replacement and his 32 7/8-inch arms. And when his initial release is met with lapses in technique, he tends to lose control.

More prominently, though, Easley’s rip and swim moves are difficult to harness at the point of attack. Though he isn’t a prototypical bull-rusher, his playing style remains a dynamic one. Whether he’s aligned over the center or outside the offensive tackle, Easley is a threat to crash through gaps, slant across the face of blocks, or run the arc. He can close the pocket. He can flush quarterbacks from them.

Look at Oliver Thomas’ full close-up of Dominique Easley for an in-depth look at the Florida Gator: Dominique Easley Draft Close-Up

Adding Easley to the fold in New England gives the front four a fearsome look. With Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones on the flanks and Easley and Vince Wilfork inside, offensive lineman are going to have a tough choice with who to double-team.

The Patriots could have traded down with talented players like Marqise Lee, Teddy Bridgewater, Easley and more on the board, but they were likely worried that Seattle would snag Easley at 32. That suspicion seems justified with the Seahawks trading out of the pick with Easley off the board.

Bill Belichick has taken a bit of a risk here with Easley, but look for it to pay off with some disruption on the defensive interior.

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76 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Select Dominique Easley (DL, Florida)”

  1. gymrat says:

    Can’t throw bucket of bolts on the field at wr. The dB’s r getting payed to. And the defenses r putting the best out there. Edelman is a #3 and lafell is a feeble attempt to FINALLY field a big fast complete wr. Edelman is 3 and lafell is a backup who will b out of the league in 2yrs if that.Lafell was cheap and panthers had no wrs on its roster and still made no attempt to resign him. What’s that say.

  2. gymrat says:

    I like the upside. Bryant young talent, with that said the pats have to many gaping holes for a luxury pick. This was no minor injury concern,this guy tore both acls and appears very fragile. Docs can say he’s recovering nicely but can’t project future injuries. That’s for common sense to tell u. We need a wr who can win when focused on. Not just for tom, but for the good of the team who can get open and win when the opposing defenses r geared to guard the pass on third and 10. Edelman gets cheap receptions and manufactured receptions. Remember the corners and safety’s of opposing defenses r getting pages also. And they r getting bigger stronger longer and faster across the league. This was a super deep draft for dB’s and wr’s. Right now most dB’s r longer faster and stronger than so called joke of a #1wr edelman. That’s not going to work out well for us. Edelman or dola on any respectable team r nothing more than a slot #3wr option. The dumpoff security blanket. Dobson in this draft is a late fourth rd. Wr. He isn’t nearly as talented as any of the wideouts drafted in the first 2rounds this yr. And he has VERY small hands. If u think he is as good as any of the wrs this yr u r lying to yourself and being biased due to hopes and dreams that we finally have a respectable wide out. You are talking yourself into hoping he works out just like u talked yourself into liking and hoping all those bill bellichick reach and bust draft picks would be good players. You know deep down u remember didn’t like at first reaches like tavon Wilson,Harmon,Cunningham,Wheatley,Chung,brace,price,dowling,merriweather,bequette and watch the list continue to grow. Not to mention u know deep down spikes and hightower r to big fat and slow to be elite explosive LB’s like David,Washington,Bowman,Mosley. Spikes n high tower r 2 fat slugs and ball carriers run by them losers. I’m off subject now. Just being clear that they weren’t good picks in this passing league. Not to mention 4 early round picks wasted on backup qbs and rb’s. Like they aren’t easy to find dirt cheap.
    If just a couple of those busts would have been used on good starters there would be 2 more trophies. He seems to go after players just because they r partially coached up already rather than players who have what it takes to play in the NFL. He gets cute and drafts 6th round talents in the second to show how smart he is and he ends up looking like an ass instead every time. He traded the picks that became clay Matthews and Dez Bryant. We don’t need an explosive passrusher and wideout. Its only what we lacked the last 4 yes when our offense and pass rush were shut down.
    If we had played our cards right we could have had early,nix and Lee not to mention martavis Bryant who is a far more fluid explosive route runner version of Stephen hill. Bryant with a franchise qb like Brady and Ben is the steal of wr’s. They r going to go through the agony of regret when we play him. Just like when Gordon torched them after refusing mallet and third rd pick or a second. I imagine bill would rather have his role players like tavon Wilson than Gordon. Don’t even bring up failed marijuana test. Chances r with a strong cast of leadership around him that doesn’t happen. BTW we should trade a #2 next yr for Gordon or black on NOW. A respected leader could write a letter to commissioner explaining how he just needed a strong leadership/mentors/player role models around him that he never had and that suspension would be reduced to 8 games. We have never had a we as complete as either of them. Gordon is just a phenom and Black on is best I ever seen at snatching the ball and bursting in top gear in one swift move. Compared to Edelman And the ewoks Brady really would feel the team is cheating. I kinna like the easley pick. At least he is shooting to pick a talented player over more role players. Maybe Bill the gm is getting better. BTW glad I’m not the only one who noticed he won the super bowls with parcels and Carroll’s players

  3. Daniel R. Martin says:

    Wow! Belichick really shit the bed on this one. I’ve always maintained that BB is the greatest coach in the history of the league. However, every year he manages to demonstrate utter ineptitude as a GM. This is a very bad move in a myriad of ways.

    My other team, the Falcons, played it safe and drafted Matthews when the better move was clearly to trade back for either the bigger, nastier Lewan or Zach Martin, both of whom play the same position of need, while picking up additional picks in the deepest draft of the decade.

    This move by the Patriots is, of course, decidedly worse. They picked a player who likely won’t start until half way through the year if he does start this season, will likely only play for a couple of seasons, and wouldn’t be worth a pick at 29 even if he wasn’t the most injury prone player featured in this draft. I guess BB hasn’t learned from Gronkowski the dangers of relying upon an injury prone player.

    Nix and Tuitt fell to us. Tuitt will likely still be available in the early second. Even if they could only get a 2 and a 4 to trade back, it would’ve been the better move. Easely would’ve been available in the third. Craft needs to hire a GM. Picks like this and Tavon Wilson have probably cost us at least one championship.

  4. Ryan says:

    My grading for the Easley pick:

    Value: B. For the pick slot, the Patriots got a player who would not have been available at their next pick and has the talent to justify that slot. Pretty simple grading here.
    Risk: D. A first-round pick should not have this much risk of not playing a single down. He is not an F because he is on track for training camp and he has had no off-field problems. However, this was an extremely dangerous first-round pick for a team that usually goes with the best sure thing still available.
    Player: A-. Easley may be a little small for interior line and he has some mechanics to fix so that he can use his strength effectively. Additionally, his presnap antics have to be stopped as they earn him penalties.
    Need: A. The Patriots sorely needed a pass rush from the interior line and Easley’s speed is perfect for this role. If he develops, New England could hurry some QBs.

    Overall: B. The team needs a player to fill the role of interior pass rusher and Easley was the best player left. He has few questions about his play but he carries the inherent risk of a player who has had surgery on both ACLs. The value was good at this point but not great, as he was scheduled for early second but taken late first.

    My thoughts: This pick scares me in that he could be incredibly frustrating to watch due to injury. But the fact that he was the perfect pick if his injury history isn’t accounted for makes me think that he could be a great Patriots player if he can stay on the field.

    • Alex (freemanator) says:

      Wow. After reading through the moaning and whining, it was so refreshing to read an actual intelligent description of the pick.

      We all get it is risky, but pretty sure the patriots have access to better doctors than we do, and will feel the risk is worthwhile. All draft picks are a gamble, and I’d rather not gamble on health early, I’d be equally leery of gambling on effort.

      • Ryan says:

        Yeah, he is a massive risk/reward selection. People are seeming to completely forget that their is a reward involved. Probably because they forget that the Patriots start 2 DTs, and having both of them be similar players is not very useful or versatile.

  5. steve earle says:

    Taking Easley at #29 is a reckless risk imo. I couldn’t care less about if Sea was or was not going to take him at #32 that is not the measure of the choice. Trading down would have added at least two more picks that could have been filled with high value prospects at positions of needs. We are now left with If’s and hopes this guys knees don’t blow out on every snap. Personally I could do without the drama.

    • You don't know jack says:

      Doesn’t matter who the Patriots pick, steve earle wouldn’t like the selection.

      Just another arm-chair GM living the dream!

  6. trent says:

    First off, thank you Mike Loyko for the inside scoop back in early april. I am going to stay positive and say this–I am so excited for his skillset–it is EXACTLY what they needed, versatility on the D-line and 3rd down pocket push from the interior. Very excited to see how Belichick uses his skillset. Curious to see if they use him at DE on early downs, maybe not this year, but once he gets back into the swing of things in future years, could be used as a bigger end in some cases. Obviously hope he can maintain those knees.

    I think we should all compare this pick to Rob Gronkowski–an obvious unique skillset with injury downside. One key difference is that NE was scared to trade back and get easley in round 2 (like gronk), but sounds justified based on the rumored interest in easley at the end of round 1.

    Looking back, what would the verdict be on gronk to this point? Has he been worth it, even with his recent injuries? I would say that there has been a lot of return earned on picking gronk to this point, and so I will stay optimistic that easley can provide a similar unique, game-changing presence to the team, this time to the defense. I truly believe he could completely change the dynamic of the defense, similar to the impact gronk has had on the offense. The potential for that impact is there.

    Would you take easley if you were told he would follow the same career/injury path as gronk? That is an interesting question and I’m sure people will still have opinions both ways. Personally, I am siding with the upside.

    • Ryan says:

      I’d take him based on the fact I don’t believe in giving up the farm to make a top 10 pick and that with where we are usually slotted we have to entertain risk to stay competitive.

      • trent says:

        definitely agree. We could even think of it this way–think of easley as aaron donald with injuries (many even think that he has MORE potential than donald). So if we are trying to get a difference maker on defense, would you rather trade up from #29 to #14 and give up a bunch of picks to pick a sure-fire player, or take a calculated risk at #29? Again, given this circumstance, I think some of us readers could go either way on that one. But Belichick values picks, we know that, so he opted for more risk rather than giving up picks.

        Someone may also argue, why didn’t we take hageman, who also could have a high ceiling, but has limited injury risk? Well again, consider what the team values. Hageman is a low-effort player. On the other hand, Belichick lauded easley’s motor in his post-draft presser, noting his obvious high-effort, all-out play. It is obvious that Belichick valued the high-effort characteristic over the injury risk characteristic when comparing picking easley to someone like hageman.

  7. Ryan says:

    When a team drafts at the end of the first round for years on end, they either have to move up to get there guy, trade back or take on some risk. They obviously took on some risk here. But would you rather be Buffalo and give up 2 firsts for Sammy Watkins? Lastly, I know others would like Van Noy, Nix, Tuitt, Lee. Whose to say that they won’t be there? I never would have imagined that happening, but it certainly could.

  8. Jeff V says:

    The player has clear talent. My issue is the Pats already have invested $35 Mill in an injury prone WR (Amendola) and have another injury prone player with Gronk. How many players can you take chances on before your impact players are spending more time in the ER than on the field.

  9. Giovani says:

    Trust BB one of the top coaches in league.last year injuries on defense and we went far as we did im proud to be a pats fan.Now with Revis, Browner, chung, Easley, etc to be added on defense.well well now we got a top 5 DEFENSE. ..remember defense wins champions ..B.B should be worship!!!!!

  10. John3 says:

    #1.Human growth hormone does wonders. #2. He’s there to run straight at QB’s(Manning) & disrupt (while Revis locks shit down) not cut on a dime (like Wes Welker)…oh wait, he blew his ACL out as well.

  11. Rob says:

    So we drafted a sub package rusher in the 1st round. Belichek , maybe more than other gm’s, has realized the game is played in sub formations 65% of the time. Get used to these specialist playeers being rated higher than a normal D Tackle. Goodbye Armond Armstead

    • steve earle says:

      Why are you writing off Armstead the guy hasn’t even seen the field yet besides he should fit in nicely with the injury risk squad BB is assembling?

  12. Dan Sullivan says:

    The Pats fans don’t seem happy with this pick and I will just say this if Easley
    stays healthy he reminds me of Warren Sapp he is a highly aggressive inside pass rusher.
    I hope Pats trade up in second to take Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas or Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

    • Jeff V says:

      Agreed…IF is the word. If Amendola could stay healthy…..IF Gronk could stay healthy.

      • jp says:

        This is so frustrating. Gronk stayed healthy through the majority of his career. Guy breaks his arm on a freak play then has 5 surgeries because incompetent doctors. He had a minor surgery to clear up a nagging back injury . he comes back on fire and then blows his knee out on a low hit that would ha e happened to ANYONE!!! So to say he is injury prone is just being naive. Also acl tears aren’t what they used to be. With the advancement in modern science and rehab players are coming back from multiple tears and playing at a high level, I.e. Wes welker, frank gore, ap etc etc. Why not give easly a shot. We should be thankful a top ten talent fell to 29 and that we get an immediate game changer added on defense who, not to mention, can also have a 5th year option. Everyone has a hard on for nix, funny that he fell so far which means all the teams didn’t feel that great about him. People need to stop listening to Mel kiper and Todd mcshay and be more concerned with the opinion of the coach who has dominated the NFL for 10+ years!

    • steve earle says:

      Right Dan, some of us are not happy but we’ll get over it. I have to question how long until Easely blows out another Knee? With his history I’m sure it’s when not if. Now I’m afraid Bill is going to make a habit of taking risks on injury prone players, oh wait, he already does.

  13. Darkstar says:

    This is an interesting pick. If not injured he could have been a top 10 pick. If he pans out will this pick be looked back upon as a turning point with regards to drafting players with ACL injuries.

    I find it interesting that baseball pitchers now view Tommy John surgery almost as an elective procedure, one that might actually improve a players overall strength. Football players are now returning faster and faster from ACL surgeries. Could we soon see the ACL procedure in a similar light as TJS. Many players with ACL injuries are now saying they are stronger than before. Even Easley has mentioned this. Of course this is football, so I not sure if this is a fair comparison.

    Easley supposedly passed his medical with flying colors, so who knows. Like so many other aspects of the game, maybe BB is once again ahead of the curve . That being said, lets hope Easley isn’t one of those players cursed with bad luck and forever dogged by injuries.

    • acm says:

      think it thru – what was Easley supposed to say with draft day looming? that he is crippled and useless after the injury? No difference than how Bridgewater was after his proday coming off as being in denial and all.
      The NFL is a brutal business – one day you are signing a multi-mill contract, the next you are on the street. Hardly the perfect environment to show weakness after a serious injury. Adrian Peterson is the exception – vast majority of players don’t have a career season right after a blown knee but usually need a couple of years to get anywhere near their usual level. That “I am stronger than before” talk is more wishful thinking and motivational speak than anything else.

      As for the medical tests being cleared, those tests just follow the healing process making sure it’s all going according to plan. They don’t test for the likelihood for any future injuries based on previous history nor do they claim the injured area is stronger and less likely to get re-injured than before. That’s just agent talk.

  14. Victor Kiams ghost says:

    Mike, You absolutely nailed the pick. You are a draft demi God. I along with alot of others have reservations about this pick based solely on the injury history but that being said this kid can absolutely be a force in the middle. It was nice to hear Ray Lewis onESPN last night get all charged up about this kid and the way he plays the game. Let us hope he has a long and HEALTHY career with the Pats.

    • acm says:

      it wasn’t a prediction but passing on intel from internal sources. Mike’s own words.

  15. Smog says:

    You people complaining and calling it a Tavon Wilson pick are high. Easley was one of the best players in college football before he got hurt. Like a top-10 talent. This is a risk for sure, but it’s a plainly logical gamble made by a team that can afford to take risks, thanks to the fact of its roster already being so solid. Very similar to the Gronkowski pick, another play for a big-time talent with red-flag injuries. He’s not a Dowling, who was a fringe first rounder even healthy. This is a guy they’d normally have no shot at without the knee issue.

    Would you all have been happier taking him at 42, like they did with Gronk?

    Easley solves a lot of their problems if he is healthy. It’s a risk, but drafting Stephon “Perennially Underachieving” Tuitt is a risk, too.

    • acm says:

      sure, let’s pretend the “if he is healthy” part is just irrelevant small talk. Along those same lines, if money grew on trees …
      This pick should be judged on Dominique Easley the player, not the “Dominique Easley IF healthy” player.

      • Jack Trudel says:

        The whole point of the combine and pro days is to have benchmarks for determining the best players available by round. Easley elected not to participate in either, which threw up two giant red flags. With no recent testing measurables to go on post-surgery, together with Easley’s multiple injury history, it was unlikely any team would risk a 1st round pick on him, or a even a 2nd. BTW John Schneider said if Seattle’s draft board changed from yesterday to today, blame the overnight office cleaning crew.

        Look at how many teams passed on Manziel, including Cleveland! What makes draft picks good selections or poor choices? Well, first because the number of picks each team has are so limited, its very important to get equitable value. 1st rounders should be locks to end up as starters, 2nd rounders guarantees to make the team as back ups. Beyond that its a crapshoot they make the practice squad. Easley was an unnecessary risk. Yes, he still may work out, and Bill will be hailed as a genius if he does. It doesn’t change the fact it was a terrible choice given the risks involved.

        • acm says:

          not sure why you are telling me all that – I myself have been a staunch critic of the Easley pick at 29.
          Probably to the point of pissing some people off around here. :)

        • Jack Trudel says:

          Sorry acm. I agree with all of your comments. I’m stating my reasons why I disagreed with the pick. Bill fell in love with this guy and I think he let it cloud his judgement. I believe he could have gotten him in the 3rd round and because he didn’t think about the best situational strategy to employ in the “drafting game” he may have hurt the team by passing on going after a legitimate starter at another position. We just want to know what he’s thinking. It won’t make one wit of difference to anyone but the fans. At least show the fans some respect.

          That said, I think he’s the best football mind in the business today. He acts like he doesn’t care what people think, but the opposite’s true. He can’t handle criticism, and it’s rarely more evident than in his pressers. I wish someone in the media would come out and ask him why he even bothers holding press conferences. It only makes him look silly for wasting everyone’s time. Whenever Zolak interviews him he lets his guard down and he reveals not only the depth of his football intelligence and knowledge of the game, which is the main reason we all tune in to hear him, but he shows us this genuinely warm personality and his openness and humanity. He’s a different person.

    • steve earle says:

      Oh boy, all that sunshine up my pant leg sure makes me feel better. We can all rest easy now that the “IF”guy has been pronounced the second coming. Excuse me for saying, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  16. jim r says:

    Mike you nailed it, I;m very suprised they did not move down. As far as Easley is concerned they do need help on the dline. this seems to be a gamble i hope they are right.

  17. JAY says:

    Everybody calm down !!!!!!!! Bill is just balancing the team out.

    He has an injuury prone tight end on offfense..

    Now he ha an injury prone Lineman on defense.

    MAKES PERFECT SENSE………..

    • acm says:

      yep, a guy with two rebuilt knees and possibly staring down a red-shirt rookie year provides much needed depth on the DL for a DT coming off an ACL injury and the NT coming off a torn Achilles.

  18. Jeff M says:

    Can’t even put in words how much I absolutely HATE this pick. Bill has been wrong before and is wrong again. Looking forward to being back here next year after getting bounced in the playoffs again with Easleys ass on IR all season.

    Thanks for ruining my night Bill you douchebag.

    • patfandan says:

      Dude give the guy a chance before you write him off. A true fan would trust his coach. Douchebag.

      • Jeff M says:

        Yeah I do…except for guys that are the wrong pick because of extensive injury history in college. The game doesn’t get LESS grueling in the pros moron. A dude who went to 4 years of college and missed two to injury is not worth the 29th pick in a LOADED draft. Just like Dowling and Wheatley weren’t worth 2nd rounders because they were made of glass.

        But please, regale us with your vast knowledge of guys in the pros who had two ACL tears in college that went on to have great careers…

        It’s ok…we’ll wait…

    • Philip says:

      Agree … I was hoping for Kony Ealy when the Bengals didn’t picked him..

      • Jeff M says:

        Yup. Would’ve taken him, Bitonio, Lee, Tuitt, even Hageman was a safer pick than this guy…no matter how great his motor is.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      All hail… The great and mighty Jeff M has spoken.

      If you really knew what you were talking about you wouldn’t be on this board but actually working this few days somewhere other than where you are…

      • Jeff M says:

        Yeeeeeeeeah…with your wealth of knowledge about me, my life and what I do. Man, it’s a good thing for you that they don’t require an IQ test above 75 for you to get on this board moron.
        “We have all gotten dumber listening to you today…I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.”

    • PatsGnome says:

      If I was Bill, I would have drafted a QB @ 29. The risk of Easley being an injured player throughout his career versus the reward is not worth it. After trading Ryan Mallet, for a third or fourth round draft pick, I would then moved up in the second round and drafted a DT.

    • steve earle says:

      I hate it too Jeff as do about half the fans. I expect your right about Easley spending the season or at least a large part of it on IR.
      Belichick is probably the best HC in the NFL when it comes to the x’s and o’s and motovation but near the bottom as a GM imo. Still he keeps winning except for super bowls. Remember those 3 he did win were with players Parcells put together not BB.

      • Jeff M says:

        I don’t know that I’d go that far to be honest but I respect the thought.

        Parcells never sustained this type of success with a team while drafting in the mid to low 20′s for almost 15 years. But I will say this…he clearly reaches for players that are “HIS” guys at times, and it backfires quite a bit…
        Maroney
        Wilson
        Meriwether
        Cunningham
        Chad Jackson
        Chung
        Butler
        Brace
        Wheatley
        Price
        Bequette

        He has made up for many of those mid to early round busts by finding quality in the late rounds, but still, they were wasted draft capital.

  19. BigFarting says:

    1- Easley would not have been there in the 3rd rd like you all claim. Sea was going to take him at 32, when NE picked Easley Sea closed up shop and traded the pick. So no, he would not have made it out of the 1st rd. BB knew this and took him.

    2- I am like the rest of you. I hate this pick. Sure he has the upside “IF” he can stay healthy. Well that is a big “IF” for a 1st rd pick; esp when you have a Nix, Tuitt, Lee and others sitting there. I agree with others, he will be cut before his rookie contract is up. Another waste of a pick! It is going to stink to see guys we could of had, tearing it up for someone else.

    3- Since there are no S worth a shot for tomorrow, at least not in Rd 2 or 3. I def see TE and OLB, then get OL and DL with the 4th rd picks.

  20. PSW says:

    With Nix, Tuit, Bitonia, Ward, Van Noy all on the board ready to fill major needs we get stuck with a guy with 2 crippled knees??!!! This guy won’t last to complete his rookie contract, out of the league in 2 years 3 tops.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Tell that to Terry Allen and his productive career after two ACLs.

      • acm says:

        tell that to the other 99.999% of athletes who are never the same or even retire after two ACLs. Way to set the rule by stretching out the exception.

        • Jeff M says:

          Yeah…how’s Terrell Thomas been for the Giants after his repeated ACL tears? You’re an idiot Nuf Ced.

  21. Dan says:

    I need to man-up and at least admit that you had it right. I was wrong (maybe?), but you did have the pick correct, and now that he’s a Patriot I have to love him and it’s not that hard. I’m just worried about the knees like everyone else…it’s risky as hell with all the talent on the board, but if the Pats are going much more aggressive on their defense, as it appears they are, then I like the indication the pick brings (along with all their other moves on D).

    If this kid can come in even at mid-season and bring some serious interior rush then it’s a huge help, and if they can win another Bowl in the next 2 years or so then he’s worth the risk. I get his talent….it’s been clear that he’s one of the most talented kids in the country, I just felt, and still do feel, that it was just too early because of the injuries.

    I hope he holds up for a few years plus…

    Now, trade Mallett for even a forth and be done with this kid….make some moves and get some more talent.

    Go Pats!!!

    • Dylan.C says:

      Apparently he will be ready to participate in training camp. He tore his acl back in September and has already been running for a few months. I’d imagine he will be an interior rusher on 3rd down exclusively at first, subbing in for Wilfork

  22. Bom Trady says:

    AHHHHHHH why didnt we trade down and accuire more picks. this foo would have still been available in the 3rd round or even later.

    all these guys up for grabs and we take easley smgdh.

    MARQISE LEE
    Stephon Tuitt
    Louis Nix
    Timmy Jernigan
    KONY EALY

    anyone of these would have been a good pick. Bill dun goofed 4 sho.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      MARQISE LEE — bad hands, no thanks
      Stephon Tuitt — questionable work ethic
      Louis Nix — 2 down player
      Timmy Jernigan — not bright, failed combine drug test
      KONY EALY — reasonable but why did everyone else pass on him too? Do the pro scouts know something we don’t?

      I’m fine with the selection now, it has bust potential but why not take a risk on top 10 talent with a late first?

  23. ap says:

    Great pick. Easley passed all of the medical tests, had a great pro day, and even says he’s more explosive now than he was before his injury. And he was a team captain, has one of the best motors in the league, and his coaches swear by him. He’s a risk, but if he stays upright, he’s the steal of the draft.

  24. Jack Trudel says:

    Easley, at best a 5th round project taken in the 1st round. OMG, another Tavon Wilson pick.

    • Blake says:

      There was literally no way he lasted to the fifth round. He wasn’t making it out of the first round, in fact.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Put down the bottle and do a little Google research… 5th round? You obviously haven’t read much

  25. Willie D says:

    He’ll be just another fat ass DL within 1-2 years; my guess is that he will balloon to well over 300 lbs and end up on IR for most of his career…in Bill we “dis-trust”!!!! (Should have snagged a quality TE as Gronk Insurance instead!!!

  26. quintron barnes says:

    We better defensive ends to shut down anyone offense. Our offense is great.

  27. Jeff S. says:

    I like Easley, I hope this means they are going to be a more explosive defense. Now I want a TE and a Center and whatever else.

  28. acm says:

    A cluster-fuck of a pick, as far as I am concerned. Hope I am wrong but unless they have turned those knees bionic, only question in my mind is not if but how long it would take the Pats to really regret making this pick.

    It’s in the Pats’ and Easley’s best interest that he has a red-shirt rookie season on the IR list. And then hope for the best afterwards. Hardly a good way of spending your 1st round pick but what do I know.

    • Tim D says:

      Active PUP him and use him as a situational pass rusher

      • acm says:

        Certainly the best case scenario in the short run. My main issue with Easley is what comes down the road – it’s nice and dandy to treat two ACLs in quick succession as a “freak” occurrence but what if there is more to it? What if his playing style, which is what got him drafted, turns out to be unsustainable for his body to stay on the field?

        • Tim D says:

          Best case scenario is he is a go week 1 being that it will be almost a year removed from the injury. He returned to game action 10-11 months after his first one, but realistically one of the PUP designations makes sense. I was hoping that if they were to draft him they would trade back and maybe get him in the 2nd, but it didn’t happen. You’ve made your feelings about Easley perfectly clear over the weeks and months leading up to this pick. All valid points by the way. My point is the pick is made. If he is more susceptible to ACL injuries or injuries in general, for whatever reason, putting him on the IR for this year doesn’t do anything to change that. Get the kid on the field and get some production out of their first round pick until he does or doesn’t get hurt.

          That being said, they did draft the position I wanted. I hope it continues tonight and they go TE and interior OL. Niklas and Swanson are my guys, but they seem to be into Richburg and Fiedorowicz

        • acm says:

          I liked the position too – had OL or DL in the first, if they had to make the pick.

          Regrading Easley, it’s the fact that he had 2 such injuries in quick succession that makes me think it would be too big a risk to throw him in the meatgrinder from day 1. I know before the beginning of the season, he’d have had enough time to physically heal. But such injuries require longer time before the player is back to his best (e.g. why revis is expected to be better this year than he was in 2013). There is also the psychological side of the problem – two serious injuries, quickly one after the other leave a mark in a player’s head. He’d need time to trust his body again and let himself go out there on the field. A 3rd such injury could well be a career threatening for a player in his situation.

          Plus, he is also a rookie, who’s likely to have a short and not very productive preseason preparation. what are the chances he is so productive in his rookie year as to make taking such a risk worth it in the end? Not too big, imo.

          Hence why I said best case scenario would be to take it slowly with him and start him on the PUP, with an IR later on a very real possiiblity. They already made a risky investment, getting careless with it from now on is more likely to backfire than not.

        • acm says:

          basically what I am suggesting the Pats do with Easley is what the 9ers did last year with Tank carradine. TC tore his ACL a bit later into the season but was still healthy enough to have a proday and perform admirably there too just 4 months removed from the surgery, iirc. Easley’s situation is even more precarious given he’s coming off his 2nd such injury.

          Just not worth the risk, imo, anyway I slice it. Putting him on PUP will prevent him from training with the team i.e. he’d be even less likely to be of much help even later into the season. IR-ing for the year would be best, imo.

  29. Trev says:

    Hats off to you Guys on this Site. You have been calling this pick for weeks. You obviously know your stuff. With that being said, I hate this pick so much. What a waste. I just hate this guy’s injurys. He screams Ras-I 2.0. I really hope not, but I’m not optimistic.

    • acm says:

      yeah, gotta say there was something there, more than pure guessing, with all that continuous mocking of Easley to the Pats at 29. Guess the sources came thru this time around.

      I myself had Easley as a DT of interest but never in my wildest and worst nightmares would I have thought they’d take him at 29. Ruined my evening after that Bruins win O/T, that’s for sure.

      • Matt says:

        Well said acm. Two torn ACL’s with this clown and hes from U of Florida. Guess the Pats didn’t learn anything from Cunningham, Hernandez and Tebow did they? What a joke.

        • Dylan.C says:

          Im not a fan of this pick either but thats a bit of an overreaction.

        • acm says:

          you forgot to add Spikes to that list too – he went on to become a very good 2-down backer for them but obviously wasn’t a good fit in term of character. Then you have the Ras-I story.
          I mean, honestly, if they can’t learn after such a series of cluster-f***s, do they really deserve to win the SB again? Pains to say this but only the fittest survive … no pun intended with the Easley pick here.

  30. Dylan.C says:

    Let the melting commence!

  31. Jason says:

    Solid pick. Hope we can grab a quality center in the second.






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