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Dominique Easley set for visit with Cowboys

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The Cowboys have met with a lot of defensive linemen over the last few weeks, which could be a draft smokescreen if not for the overwhelming need for help up front in Dallas.

The list of visitors is expected to get a little longer this week as Todd Archer of reports that Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley will stop in for a visit. Easley was on his way to a lofty draft position heading into the 2013 season, but he tore his left ACL in September to wipe out his final year with the Gators and create uncertainty about his future.

Easley also tore his right ACL earlier in his career, leaving him with a pair of medical red flags to go with the ability to generate the kind of pressure up the middle that teams love to have on their offensive lines. That’s kept his draft status from dropping too much, leaving many considering him a likely pick on the second day of the draft.

It would be a risk for the Cowboys to draft a player with medical concerns after two years of watching their defense fail in part because of players missing time with injuries. At the same time, though, Easley would offer them potentially high reward to go with that high risk and the Cowboys are really in need of a talent boost on their defensive line. It’s one of many tough calls teams will have to make in a couple of weeks and this week’s meeting should help guide Dallas to one side of the fence.

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4 Responses to “Dominique Easley set for visit with Cowboys”
  1. alongthegulf says: Apr 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    This is just the type of player that Jerry Jones usually falls in love with. A player that that was really good in college that had an injury and is working to recover from that injury. Jerry’s still trying to prove he’s a better judge of talent than Jimmy Johnson.

    In a word, don’t do it! No more hit or miss draft choices in the 1st round. Easley may be worth a 2nd, and certainly a 3rd round choice, but not a first. This year draft could shape the Cowboys for years to come. Don’t blow it Jerry!

  2. Carl Brutananadilewski says: Apr 21, 2014 1:10 PM

    Am I the only one that looks at the majortiy of “defensive tackles” and thinks that they look more like a defensive end than a defensive tackle? This dude looks like Chandler Jones from the Patriots. When I think defensive tackle, I think Vince Wilfork, Haloti Ngata, Justin Smith

  3. MasMacho says: Apr 21, 2014 2:24 PM

    I trust a DL what wants a single-digit number like I trust a guy with two first names, which is not at all.

  4. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 21, 2014 6:18 PM

    Just what Dallas doesn’t need is a player with injuries. Been there and done that with Bruce Carter and he was disappointing last year.

    I wish Easley the best in his recovery and career but Jerry doesn’t need to go down this road yet again.

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