Posts Tagged ‘Dominique Easley’

2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: Florida Defensive Lineman Dominique Easley

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Ligament tears in both knees have derailed him, but Florida’s Dominique Easley continues to battle back. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

In the coming weeks and months leading up to the 2014 NFL draft, NEPatriotsDraft.com will profile college prospects that potentially fit the needs and draft seating of the New England Patriots. In this ninth installment, we will take a closer look at the film behind Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley.

Coming out of Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y., Dominique Easley was a five-star recruit. He was the second-ranked defensive tackle in the 2010 class by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was invited to the Under Armour All-America Game that January. And by that February, the 6’2”, 255-pound Warrior was committed to the Florida Gators.

Five months later, Easley was enrolled down in Gainesville. He flashed enough promise that summer to avoid redshirt that fall, ultimately playing in six games and recording four tackles as a true freshman. Although in 2011, the preseason All-SEC third-teamer did more than flash; he started all 12 regular-season contests to register 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a blocked punt.

He wouldn’t make a 13th start as a sophomore, though. A second-quarter play versus Florida State took that from him.

Easley planted his left leg in the Ben Griffin Hill Stadium grass and went down without contact. And after limping to the sideline under the assistance of Florida’s medical staff, the flourishing 288-pounder had to be carted off.

It was a torn ACL. But it wasn’t the last of him.

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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Sugar Bowl

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Matt Elam Florida Safety

Matt Elam is part of the fantastic safety class for the 2013 NFL Draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Sugar Bowl features a young up and coming Louisville team led by QB Teddy Bridgewater, who could be vying for a top five pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bridgewater and the Cardinals will face the Florida Gators and a defense that is just loaded with NFL players at each position.

The Patriots have had a pipeline in at the University of Florida in the past. This year with the quality and caliber of players they will be producing this year, especially on the defensive side of the ball, you can bet that the Patriots will be watching these players closely.

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