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Florida’s Dominique Easley tears ACL, will enter 2014 NFL draft

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Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley suffered a torn ACL in practice on Tuesday and is now focused on getting ready for the 2014 NFL draft.

Gators coach Will Muschamp told Robbie Andreu of the Gainesville Sun that Easley will not consider asking the NCAA for a medical redshirt and is ready to play professionally.

“He’s definitely going to the NFL,” Muschamp said. “A lot of organizations will want him.”

At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Easley is small by the standards of NFL defensive tackles, but he’s been a very productive player and was beginning his third season as a starter. Unfortunately, Easley has now suffered torn ACLs in both of his knees, and that will be a major red flag for NFL teams. At least the next time he puts his health on the line, he’ll be getting paid for it.

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8 Responses to “Florida’s Dominique Easley tears ACL, will enter 2014 NFL draft”
  1. charger88 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:49 PM

    I remember this tackle who had tore both ACLs coming out of college. He went pretty high in the draft too. Suh maybe you’ve heard of him? Frank Gore also tore both ACLs before the NFL.

  2. serkeljerks says: Sep 30, 2013 12:54 PM

    “….and in the 2014 NFL draft the 49ers take Dominique Easley in the 3rd round…..”

  3. natigator says: Sep 30, 2013 12:55 PM

    He’s been a very solid and productive player for several years now. I think his size will hold up fine, but admittedly his knees are a major concern

    I think this knocks him out of the 1st round way down to the 3rd

  4. hrmlss says: Sep 30, 2013 1:14 PM

    “At least the next time he puts his health on the line, he’ll be getting paid for it.”

    It’s the SEC, he is getting paid.

  5. raiderufan says: Sep 30, 2013 1:17 PM

    Lamar Houston anyone? Undersized DT with a high motor. Made a name for himself moving all over alot like I think this kid could.

    He just needs to get himself healthy and be ready to work.

  6. hanklee1989 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:18 PM

    We will take him in Minnesota. Some tackle cohesion between himself & Floyd would suit us very well

  7. theboondoggles says: Sep 30, 2013 2:35 PM

    Wasn’t Geno Atkins a very productive, high-motor ,under-sized tackle coming out of the SEC? Bengals got him late and laughed those red flags all the way to the playoffs.

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Michael Mauti was a linebacker out of Penn State who was projected to be a first- or second-round pick until he tore his second ACL during his last season. The Vikings drafted him in the seventh round. Guys rehabbing ACLs don’t generally get picked very high.

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