If it weren’t for ACL injuries to both of his knees in college, Dominique Easley out of Florida would’ve likely been a top-ten pick. Easley has been seen as the best quick-twitch, 3-technique defensive tackle in this draft class. If Easley can stay healthy, the New England Patriots will be getting one of the best value picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Before the draft, Vince Wilfork reportedly wanted out of New England, but instead, the big man re-signed with the Patriots on a three-year deal. Wilfork is one of the best 1-technique defensive tackles in the game, but he will need a good player next to him at the 3-technique position to help him out. That’s where Easley comes in. This duo will be one to watch in the 2014 season. It will be hard for opposing teams to run against the Patriots with Wilfork and Easley manning the middle.
By drafting Easley, the Patriots have quietly built one of the best defensive lines in the NFL with Wilfork and Easley in the middle and Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones on the outside. When teams generate a consistent pass rush, it makes their secondary much better. Getting pressure on the quarterback creates turnovers and the Patriots will have one of the best defenses in the NFL if they can stay healthy. With a high-powered offense headed by Tom Brady and a defense that is starting to look really good, the Patriots could surpass the Denver Broncos as the AFC’s best team.
If Easley can contribute the way New England hopes he can then the Patriots should have one serious pass rush, which will make them one of the best teams in the league so be sure to get your Patriots tickets today.