The Patriots' first selection in the draft is a man of many facets.
Former Florida Gator Dominique Easley was dubbed "the scariest man in college football" by Lost Lettermen.
From the chains Easley draped around his neck during pregame to the Chucky doll he carried around with him practically everywhere, there are plenty of reasons to be intimidated by Easley. And that's not even mentioning his 288-pound sculpted frame.
There is another side to Easley, though.
“People might mistake Dominique for being this tough, grimy person from the way he plays football. You see these pictures with this angry face on. That’s completely different from how he is off the field. He may try to put up a front,” Juan Easley, Dominique’s uncle, said, according to Tyler Jett of the Independent Florida Alligator.
At an SEC media day Easley admitted to not watching much football and being more of a cartoon guy, SpongeBob to be specific.
He is also known for his dancing on the sidelines.
“I just have fun," Easley said, according to Rachel George of The Orlando Sentinel. "I just try to keep dancing, have fun."
When Easley was younger, he was bowlegged and had to wear braces. Per George, Dominique’s father, David Easley, said, “Even with the braces, he was still non-stop moving."
Easley didn’t have an easy childhood, however. Adam Pincus of the Alligator wrote:
He had to stay active. Headaches from staying inside forced Easley to the outdoors. Video games never interested him. He wanted to see the world. Moving was also not a choice. He moved eight times with his family. He remembers the McDonald’s housing projects and moving to his grandma’s house when they got evicted and the place on Sherman Street.
“When I was a kid, I used to always take the bus and walk everywhere. I would see a whole lot of homeless kids,” Easley said, via Pincus. “Not even adults, but kids. A lot of my friends didn’t grow up off of anything.”
He eventually became the highest-ranked football prospect in New York and the No. 12 prospect in all of the country, according to Scout.com
Easley’s father was overseas in the military while he was in middle school and high school. Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe quoted Easley as saying, “Well, that really helped me as a man. There’s no excuse for nothing because they were put in situations that were life or death. So the life that we’re living now is much easier than the life that they had to live [in combat].”
When Easley made it to college things did not get too much easier for him. Between 2011 and 2013, he sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee and another torn ACL in his left.
Despite these restrictions, he displayed enough potential at Florida to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Patriots.
"I’ve been watching the Patriots for a long time," Easley said in a conference call with the media, via Patriots.com. "I’m pretty sure you guys know some players from Staten Island played there and then Coach Urban Meyer had a lot of players go to the Patriots. It’s a winning team so I’m real excited."