The Chicago Bears aren’t wasting one second during the time leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft. The Bears, just like many other teams in the league, are making their rounds across the country to see pro prospects, and continued to do so on Thursday when they traveled to Gainesville, FL to watch defensive tackle Dominique Easley work out.
Easley is one of the top 10 defensive tackles in this year’s draft, and is projected by many to be selected in the second round. However, Easley’s stock would have been much higher had the former Florida Gator not suffered two torn ACLs during his collegiate career.
The first injury occurred in late 2011 against Florida State, while Easley’s other torn ACL was suffered during practice prior to facing Kentucky in 2013. In addition to his more recent ligament tear, Easley also tore his meniscus.
The 6-foot-2, 288-pound defensive tackle did display a strong comeback for the 2012 season after his first injury, but still found himself missing two games due to swelling in his left knee.
With such a list of severe knee injuries, Easley probably has one of the biggest red flags going into the draft. And although the Bears have a need for another defensive tackle, Easley shouldn’t be on their radar. Chicago has already experienced losing D-linemen Nate Collins and Henry Melton (now with the Dallas Cowboys) to torn ACLs in 2013. The Bears shouldn’t run the risk of possibly doing the same with Easley this coming season.
Understandably, Chicago is looking at all possible options leading up to this May’s draft, but the Bears shouldn’t invest too much of their time in pursuing Easley and his two reconstructed knees.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.