With their first pick in the 2014 draft, the New England Patriots have selected defensive tackle Dominique Easley.
Bill Belichick is known for his “interesting” draft techniques, and to be quite honest, there isn’t a draft analyst out there that knew for sure what Belichick was going to do tonight.
In the past, despite his unique methods, Belichick has been extremely successful with his first round picks. Check out his first round draft history with New England over the past 12 years:
Richard Seymour, Daniel Graham, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Ben Watson, Logan Mankins, Laurence Maroney, Brandon Meriweather, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty, Nate Solder, Chandler Jones, and Dont’a Hightower.
Of those picks, only Maroney and Meriweather can be considered “busts”. I like Belichick’s pick of Easley here, as it fits a big need New England had heading into this draft. Easley is a talented player, and he will be able to bring some pass rush ability to the middle of the defensive line. This is something that has been missing in Foxboro for quite some time.
Stay tuned to Musket Fire over the next couple of days for complete draft coverage.