Dominique Easley (DT), Florida
6'2" | 288 lbs.
5 tackles *(played in just three games after tearing his right ACL)
What the scouts are saying:
"Easley’s success inside compared to when on the edge is a no contest. His quickness to force his opposition off balance or shoot face up gaps causes instant disruption, displaying active hands to keep separation and a forward momentum. He impacts games when gaining promising positioning." (Josh Norris, Rotoworld.com)
"Has short arms and can be neutralized by larger linemen. Cannot be counted on to two-gap. Average production. Can be overaggressive and lose sight of the ball” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"Easley's explosiveness off the ball has been among the best in the conference. He also has quick, active hands to slap away blockers and is able to hold up well against the run at this level due to good core strength." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"A bit sloppy in his technique/footwork when changing directions. Easily transitions between speed to a power rush. Makes the most of his height by staying low on the block and getting underneath taller blockers. Looks for the early advantage by blasting through his upper body into blocker's pads. Inconsistent ability to disengage if blockers get a hold of him." (Matt De Lima, fftoolbox.com)
Fit for the Bears:
Defensive tackle (along with safety and cornerback) remains a major priority in this year's draft for Phil Emery and the Bears. Easley projects as an early round pick, but injury concerns could keep teams at bay--especially with other high profile tackles like Pitt's Aaron Donald and Minnesota's Ra'shede Hageman also projected to go in the first or second round. The Florida standout, who tore his left ACL in 2010 and right ACL in 2013, has been lauded for his ability to disrupt the line in the middle and force opposing lineman off balance with his speed. However, questions linger about his lack of size and whether or not that played a role in his knee injuries. After a season in which the Bears' defense was absolutely decimated by major injuries to key players, it's unlikely that Emery is willing to risk his first-round pick on someone that has a checkered injury history. Easley is a classic high risk-high reward pick, and could be worth the gamble at pick No. 14. But if some of the other big name DTs remain on the board when the Bears are on the clock, don't expect to hear his name.