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Patriots sign first-rounder Dominique Easley

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And we’re down to five.

The Patriots just announced they had signed first-round pick Dominique Easley, leaving just a handful of unsigned picks more than a month before the start of training camps.

Easley, chosen 29th overall, will get a four-year deal like the rest of them.

Only injury concerns kept Easley from being drafted higher, as he was exceptionally productive at Florida when well, and his ability to create pressure from inside will be a good fit for a versatile Patriots front.

The Patriots also signed undrafted rookie offensive lineman Chris Martin, who had a cup of coffee with the Texans earlier this offseason.

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15 Responses to “Patriots sign first-rounder Dominique Easley”
  1. dcpatfan says: Jun 23, 2014 2:42 PM

    SUPERBOWL!!!

  2. bassplucker says: Jun 23, 2014 2:53 PM

    I hope it works out for this kid, but his medical history is a concern to say the least. On top of which, at well under 300 lbs he has less than zero margin of error. If he doesn’t come back with every bit of the college quickness and lower body strength he had before his injuries, he will get flattened on every play by the O-Linemen at this level.

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: Jun 23, 2014 2:55 PM

    BEAST.

  4. cpitch12 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:59 PM

    Great pick if he can stay healthy ……the rich got RICHER!!!!!

  5. mrwalterisgod says: Jun 23, 2014 3:25 PM

    I really wanted the Seahawks to get him. One of Belichick’s few good picks in recent years.

  6. rav3nsownste3lers says: Jun 23, 2014 4:00 PM

    Dude was an absolute beast before he got injured. Even though miami beat florida, he absolutely dominated that game and was the best player on the field that day. If he’s healthy he’ll be a force to be reckoned with

  7. gatorprof says: Jun 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    Glad he got paid. He was fun to watch in college. Non stop motor, super athletic. I hope that he takes it to the next level.

  8. tedmurph says: Jun 23, 2014 4:26 PM

    He is disruptive, but I think the 1rst 2 days of the Pats draft were an abject disaster. Brady’s on the back 9, but still capable of winning a SB, especially with what they’ve done with the D this offseason. They draft a guy in the 1rst rnd, with their classic ‘value pk ‘ mantra, who IMO probably won’t help them much this yr coming off fhis 2nd ACL, playing behind Kelly and Wilfork.. They drafted a QB in the 2nd rnd they probably could have waited and still gotten. I understand they aren’t gonna pay Mallett after this yr and had to draft a QB, but why not someone like Mettenberger later? I still don’t think the heir apparent for Brady is on the roster yet. He’s gonna keep playing(although, I don’t know if he’ll play for the money on his last 2 yrs). They might replace someone like Connelly w/a rookie and save some cap money, but otherwise didn’t get much help in the draft for this yr when they should be going all-in. Like the safety the Jets drafted that would have filled a need(coulda traded up).

  9. TheWizard says: Jun 23, 2014 5:36 PM

    You might be right ted, but it’s possible signing Revis gives the defense the same charge that signing Moss did to the offense in 07.

    That, and a healthy Gronk, would make people mostly forget about this year’s draft.

  10. 6ball says: Jun 23, 2014 6:17 PM

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    It’s a tad early to use the term “abject disaster”. Let’s get a look at these guys first. However, it seemed as if Belichick was drafting for depth rather than an immediate starter
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  11. deliveredbysherpa says: Jun 23, 2014 6:23 PM

    Looking forward to seeing this guy play.

  12. tedmurph says: Jun 23, 2014 6:37 PM

    That’s my point. Time to roll the dice, if you’re gonna rent Revis for one yr and Brady’s 37. Not saying Garappolo won’t be good, I just don’t think Brady’s done in 4yrs or less. He’s Mallett part 2, he’ll never see the field. The next QB taken after JG@ the end of the 2nd rnd was a couple guys @ the end of the 4th. Maybe the Texans would’ve taken Garappalo @the top of the 3rd, we’ll never know. Maybe Easley will be a suprise, they rarely screw up in the 1rst rnd. I just think this is the yr. It’s the Pats and Denver in the AFC, and we all know the stats for teams coming off a SBowl loss. This was the yr to go get an impact player in the draft, even if it cost future pks. Instead they come up with an injury crapshoot, a QB that will never play and a bunch of 3rd day guys they may hit on in a yr or 2. BOOOOO.

  13. kissbillsrings says: Jun 23, 2014 8:55 PM

    Ted I have to respectfully disagree sir…
    Easley will be a major contributor on the D as his first acl tear has had 2 yrs to heal & his second happened early last year so it will be a solid year of recovery & the quality of the way acl tears are now repaired it’s leaps & bounds over what it was & Easley knows what it takes to properly rehab himself based on his 1st one…
    Seattle proved that D wins championships & the Pats offseason & draft really solidified that…Brady can make any receiver look great & I’m sure he will be working hard with the rookies/second year guys & I’m expecting a huge growth on their chemistry & the running game is very solid… I mean look what the Pats did last year with all those new receivers & the losses of so many key defenders…
    I love the Garroppolo pick in case (God forbid) Brady does get hurt & if Brady stays healthy for 3-4 years just think how much Garroppolo can learn…
    What I’d really love to see is Bill talk with Tony Gonzalez & get him to come out of retirement …. That would be unbelievable!!!

  14. kissbillsrings says: Jun 23, 2014 9:05 PM

    Also… If Easley had not gotten hurt he may have been picked even before Clowney…
    Yes there is a risk but I believe the reward potential far outweighs the risk….while 1st round picks are precious there is really no guarantee that a player will live up to the hype when drafted early let alone late in the round like the Pats usually have to do so getting Easley at 29 & not having to give away any additional or future picks to get him makes for the potential steal of the draft….at least in my opinion that is

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 26, 2014 11:02 AM

    I’m sure a bittersweet moment for him.

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