Patriots Draft DT Dominique Easley In First Round Of NFL Draft

May 9, 2014 4:12 AM
Patriots Draft DT Dominique Easley In First Round Of NFL Draft
" BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots did not trade out of the first round Thursday night and actually used their first selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, adding some youth to their defensive line.

The Patriots drafted defensive tackle Dominique Easley out of Florida with the 29th overall pick. He adds more depth and talent to the defensive line, but the pick also comes with some injury concern.

The 6-2, 288-pound Easley can apply the pressure from the inside from many positions, but is currently recovering from a right ruptured ACL that kept him out of pre-draft workouts. He also tore his left ACL during the 2011 season, so his medical history was a big concern for teams ahead of the draft.

But the Patriots felt comfortable enough to make the selection, hoping that Easley can stay healthy and help with a pass-rush that struggled to apply pressure late last season. With Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly both coming off injuries, Easley will add some much-needed depth alongside Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones and Joe Vellano.

It’s a high-risk, high reward pick for the Patriots, something Belichick isn’t known for when it comes to first round picks "

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