Thursday May 8, 2014Dominique Easley Drafted No. 29 Overall by New England Patriots
Former Gator defensive lineman Dominique Easley was selected 29th overall in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night by the New England Patriots.
Easley is the 46th Gator drafted all-time in the first round. With Easley's selection, the Gators have now had a defensive lineman drafted in the first round in each of the last two drafts, as Sharrif Floyd was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.
"Dominique Easley is one of the best value picks in this draft," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock following the selection. "He was a top 30 pick until he tore his ACL this September. He's the prototype three-technique -- a defensive tackle in a 4-3 front. He's quick, he's explosive. A lot of people felt like he was going to end up dropping because of the ACL."
"This is a typical BIll Belichick pick," said Mayock. "He's got talent. The rest of the league discounted the talent because of the injury."
New England has drafted 12 Gators, most recently selecting three Gators in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Patriots currently have no former UF players on their roster.
Dominique Easley - New England Patriots, 1st Round (No. 29 overall)
Easley was playing as one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the country before an ACL injury cut his senior season short. He played in 32 games for the Gators and made 26 starts on the defensive line. He recorded 72 total tackles with 18 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks in his career.