Data Scout Notes: 2013: (+) 09-24-13 Knee INJ, Out for 2013/Coming off 2X Knee surgeries….P1stC/P1stM/PLombardi/POutland/PNagurski/PBednarik/DS#3PSTeamProspect-RRang/TSX-PTW...2012: NA...PHendricks/P3rdC/P3rdM...(+) Coming off 2011 knee injury...2011: NA
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Draft Scout Dominique Easley News
10/01/13 - Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who sustained a season-ending knee injury last week, will enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound senior from Staten Island, N.Y., could apply for a medical redshirt and receive another year of college eligibility. But coach Will Muschamp said Monday that Easley "is definitely going to the NFL next year."
One of the most disruptive linemen in the Southeastern Conference, Easley tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee during practice last Tuesday. He tore the ACL in his left knee in November 2011. Those injuries could be cause for concern among NFL teams, but Muschamp said the next level is "the best move for him right now."
"He'll have plenty of interest," Muschamp said. "He'll be a productive guy on the next level. He's a really good football player. He's extremely intelligent. He gets the game. His tape speaks for itself and how he plays the game and approaches the game. He'll be fine. There will be a lot of organizations that want him in their organization." Easley finished his college career with 72 tackles, including 18 for loss, and 5 ˝ sacks. - AP Sports
10/01/13 - Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced on Monday that senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley will enter the 2014 NFL Draft and not apply for a medical redshirt. The Gators defender injured his right knee during non-contact practice last week and will need season-ending surgery to repair his ACL and medial meniscus.
Despite an uncertain future due to his rehab, this isn't a surprise as most expected Easley to go pro after this season. He had surgery on his left knee in 2011 so Easley is fully aware of the healing process and what he needs to do to get healthy. A projected first round pick prior to the injury, it's still too early to know if he will be able to work out for NFL teams prior to the draft on May 8. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/30/13 - Florida DT Easley to turn pro...Injured defensive tackle Dominique Easley played his last snap for the University of Florida. The senior will enter the 2014 NFL Draft rather than applying for a medical redshirt season. "He'll have plenty of interest," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "He'll be a productive guy on the next level. He's a really good football player. He's extremely intelligent. He gets the game. His tape speaks for itself and how he plays the game and approaches the game. He'll be fine."
Easley, a 285-pound three-technique tackle, tore the medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice Sept. 24. He had surgery to repair his left ACL in 2011. NFLDraftScout.com's fourth-ranked defensive tackle for 2014, Easley is ranked 29th overall and could raise his standing by proving his health during the pre-draft process. Draft analyst Dane Brugler said "He has an explosive first step and is extremely fluid for his size, showing lateral burst to attack gaps and win angles. Easley is a tough, high motor kid and forces the issue with his penetration, making an impact even if he doesn't get the sack or tackle. He is a high character person with a strong work ethic so if anyone can return from an injury like this, it's him. - The Sports Xchange
09/26/13 - Out for season, Dominique Easley's status as a first-round pick takes hit...Easley is currently slotted at No. 32 (Broncos) and No. 19 (Cowboys) in mock drafts by Rob Rang and me, respectively. But with his second ACL tear and 6-8 months of rigorous rehab, his chances of landing in the first round have gone down considerably. “Test results have revealed that he suffered a tear of both his ACL and medial meniscus, which will require season-ending surgery,” Gators head coach Will Muschamp said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday, Muschamp referred to Easley's injury as a “tweak,” but speculation remained, especially after Easley (@MR_ChUcKie_2) posted this cryptic tweet: “thank you for all 4 yrs of sticking with me but god has something else planned for and have no worries #believe
Easley tore the ACL in his left knee in November 2011, but was able to return for the 2012 season. Both of his ACL tears have come on non-contact drills when he planted awkwardly. So the good news is that Easley has experience returning from this type of injury, but it will require surgery and it remains questionable that he will be able to work out prior to the draft. This is, however, an example of one of the positives of the NFL Draft being pushed back to May as it gives a player like Easley more time to rehab in hopes of proving to scouts that he's at full health. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/26/13 - Out for season, Dominique Easley's status as a first-round pick takes hit...A season-ending knee injury to Florida senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley is an unfortunate turn of events for a player who was considered a first-round draft pick in 2014. Easley entered the day ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 3 defensive tackle for the 2014 NFL Draft and the 29th overall prospect in the class. He has an explosive first step and is extremely fluid for his size, showing lateral burst to attack gaps and win angles. Easley is a tough, high motor kid and forces the issue with his penetration, making an impact even if he doesn't get the sack or tackle. He is a high character person with a strong work ethic so if anyone can return from an injury like this, it's him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com