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Dominique Easley NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Patriots DT

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Dominique Easley NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Patriots DT
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Dominique Easley, DT, Florida (HT: 6’2”, WT: 288 lbs)

New England Patriots

First Round: 29th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina Panthers

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
6'2" 288 32 7/8" 9 3/4"

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Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Bench
DNP - Injury DNP DNP DNP DNP 26

NFL.com

 

Positives

  • Tremendous first step. Explodes off the line, displaying great snap anticipation and quickness.
  • Very quick to engage, forcing opponents to act instantly off the snap.
  • Impressive leverage, winning battles at the line of scrimmage with strong, active hands. Can rip and shed blocks on his way to the football.
  • Good athlete, can bend around the edge and moves very well for his size.
  • Versatile defensive lineman that lined up virtually everywhere along the Gators' front. May be best-suited for a 3-technique role in the NFL, where his penetrating ability would be emphasized, but versatility allows his defensive coordinator to be creative.
  • Penetrates consistently, beating blockers with a potent combination of initial quickness and leverage. A good interior pass-rusher that applies pressure quickly.
  • Naturally, he has a low center of gravity and very good balance and is rarely seen on the ground.
  • Disruptive impact allows teammates to make plays. He often played the role of a stick of dynamite.
  • Has fairly long arms considering his height, measuring 32.875”. He utilizes that length to keep blockers from getting under his pads, so he can control them at the point of attack or wall them off on his way into the backfield.
  • Can slant and loop. Fights to free himself, displaying counter moves.
  • Exceptional motor, he does not give up on plays. High-effort, high-energy competitor that is capable of playing a lot of snaps and positions.
  • Holds up surprisingly well to double-teams, showing the ability to anchor against bigger linemen.

 

Negatives

  • Durability is a huge concern. Tore both his left and right ACL during his college career. How healthy his knees are at this point will be one of the most significant determining factors on his draft stock.
  • Undersized by NFL standards. Is only 6’2” and lacks the mass that many teams prefer inside. Playing weight in the NFL may have to be higher than what he is accustomed to.
  • Is not an overly dangerous edge-rusher despite explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. Makes the most impact when he is inside, free to penetrate and disrupt the pocket.
  • Capable of wreaking havoc on the interior, but often loses track of the ball and is not able to finish the play.
  • Anchors fairly well considering his size, but may have trouble occupying gaps at the next level, where the linemen are longer, more athletic and stronger.
  • Due to size, injury history and pass-rushing prowess, he may be seen by some as a rotational or sub-package player. Will not fit into many 3-4 schemes due to lack of ideal height and penetrating tendencies.
  • Was not a very productive college player, with only 18.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. His impact was not often reflected in the box score.

 

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles TFL Sacks FF PD
2010 Florida 4 0.0 0.0 0 0
2011 Florida 37 7.5 1.5 0 0
2012 Florida 26 8.5 4.0 1 1
2013 Florida 5 2.0 0.0 0 0

GatorZone.com

 

Personal Notes

  • 2013 team captain.
  • Tore his right ACL at practice in September 2013.

 

Ratings Chart

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Overall

One of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the nation before suffering a second ACL injury in two years, Easley has the ability to be a destructive force in the NFL if he is able to stay healthy.

With surprising explosiveness off the snap and the versatility to play inside or out, he offers a lot to potential suitors. Much like Tank Carradine last year, his draft stock will be damaged by his injury and he is likely to fall further than his tape indicates.

His most natural fit is inside at 3-technique in a 4-3 scheme, where his ability to penetrate and shoot gaps would be emphasized. However, he could even appeal to 3-4 teams as a 5-tech.    

 

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round

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