Former Florida Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley is battling his way back from his second torn ACL and at the NFL combine told the media that he’s feeling good as he hopes to show 32 NFL teams he’s worthy of being drafted in the first two rounds.
Dominique Easley says he’s “feeling good,” starting to run, even laterally, but not lat cuts. Will work out at Fla pro day. #NFLCombine
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 22, 2014
Dominique Easley: “I just like to get up on people quick…when I get back from this ACL, I’m going to be faster”
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 22, 2014
Prior to tearing his ACL in practice early this season, the 6-2, 288-pound tackle was viewed as a potential top-1o pick, but earlier in the week NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said he is a third or fourth round pick.
Easley will have a personal day in late April to show NFL teams how far he’s progressed in his recovery at which point NFL teams will have to determine what type of impact he can make as a rookie. If he can be a contributor early, he’ll likely be taken far ahead of where Mayock projects.
However, if he still has a ways to go in his rehab and teams aren’t convinced his long-term health is a question mark, then he may slip to Day 3. Easley says he’s back, now he just has to convince the NFL.
Another funny note from Easley’s time with the media is that he has never watched an entire NFL game and that he prefers watching cartoons over football.