If not for a torn ACL last season, scouts and pundits would probably be looking at former Florida Gators’ defensive tackle Dominique Easley as a very highly touted prospect and likely as a first round pick.
Instead, a team may wind up with a steal provided Easley can heal (he tore both ACLs in his college career).
Erik Frenz of The Boston Globe believes Easley could be a perfect fit for the New England Patriots.
It seems like every undersized defensive tackle gets compared to Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, but Easley may deserve that comparison more than most other prospects this year. At 6-foot-2 and 288 pounds, his quick burst off the snap is his best weapon in making plays in the backfield. He has a unique way of lining up at the line of scrimmage that makes him difficult to block and keep the shoulders square. He could use to add some strength, but an NFL training program can help him accomplish that goal.
His competitive streak stands out when watching his college footage. He has a non-stop motor and seemingly never gives up on a play, even when he’s been blocked to the ground.
Although the Patriots worked things out with Vince Wilfork and retained him for the next three seasons, they still have a need in the middle and Easley could be the guy to fill it. If he is, that could allow the Patriots to take the wide receiver or the pass rusher they also need with their first round pick.