Aug 31, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) lines up against the Toledo Rockets during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Toledo Rockets 24-6. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 New England Patriots Draft Grades: Dominique Easley


November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, it is way too early for grades, but we all like doing them anyway. Obviously this is just an initial grade, as you really can’t grade a player until he has been in the league for a few years.

Dominique Easley: B+

The only reason Easley is brought down to a B+, is because of his injuries. He is extremely talented, and his ability to bring pressure from the middle is something that New England has wanted in its defense for a long time. Easley is lighter than one would hope, but based on everything I have seen, and everything I have read, he can hold his own in the running game.

As far as need, this was the number two need for me heading into the draft. I personally would have liked to see the Pats go after a tight end with this pick, but I am definitely satisfied with Easley. Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly are both coming off of major injuries, and while they are expected to recover nicely, having a young, explosive player like Easley in there to help get the Pats defense on track, will be extremely beneficial to Bill Belichick and company.

Overall, it was a good pick, but his history of knee injuries is concerning. However I think that the Patriots are confident that Easley is fully recovered from those surgeries, because if he wasn’t, I doubt they would have picked him in the first round.

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  • Alan Doherty

    Concerning? Two ACL’s I 22 months is concerning?… They took an at best 3rd rd slated guy absolutely because of injury but 3rd rd nonetheless in the first rd…. They could have entertained the trade offers and gone back to the second rd and picked Easley…it’s not a bad talent pick… It’s just a poor strategic pick…I know Tuitt is a “bad guy” and Nix is worry some with the weight…and Jerigan had the diluted sample…but Trent Murphy coming off the edge or Deone Buchannon who went the pick b4 to AZ would have had an immediate impact…