DE DOMINIQUE EASLEY, FLORIDA

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6’2” – 280 lbs. – 4.80e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 4 – 0.0 – 0.0
2011: 37 – 7.5 – 1.5, 3 QBH, 1 BK
2012: 26 – 8.5 – 4.0, 2 QBH, 1 FR, 1 PD
2013: 5 – 2.0 – 0.0, 4 QBH

OVERVIEW:

Appeared in a very limited role as a true freshman after joining the Gators as a five-star prospect, then took over as a starting in 2011, starting twelve games but sustaining a torn ACL in the twelfth contest. Started in eleven games in 2011, missing two games due to injury. Tore the opposite ACL during practice after three games of his 2013 campaign.

POSITIVES:

  • Will graduate with two years of quality starting experience for a major program.
  • Has lined up at both defensive tackle and defensive end during his time at Florida.
  • Plays with a high motor, seems to be giving his full effort throughout the game.
  • Demonstrates very active hand use, is difficult to block in one-gap situations.
  • Gets off the snap quickly, can win matchups inside with his initial explosion.
  • Lack of size may be mitigated by the league’s current emphasis on sub packages.
  • Actually possesses a better anchor than anticipated given his lack of size/bulk.
  • Doesn’t look out-of-place at defensive end despite being a little bit big for it.
  • Bends the edge pretty well as a run defender, dipping the shoulder effectively.

NEGATIVES:

  • Dramatically undersized for a pro defensive tackle, what is his true position?
  • Despite weighing just 280 pounds, it’s unclear how much more bulk he can add.
  • Playing in a two-gap scheme wouldn’t be ideal, especially as a defensive tackle.
  • Has torn both of his ACLs and missed some additional time due to injury.

SUMMARY:

Easley requires some imagination to project to the pro level, but despite not fitting the traditional mold at any one position, his game is surprisingly well-rounded, with outstanding burst off of the line of scrimmage, active hands, an arsenal of rush moves which features a devastating spin, and an underrated anchor. He has played defensive tackle and defensive end with the Gators, and should develop into a versatile, valued contributor for a team which emphasizes sub packages. If he checks out medically, he possesses a realistic shot of going in the draft’s first round this April. RD 1

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