Patriots first-round draft pick Dominique Easley doesn’t have a long college résumé, due in large part to a pair of ACL tears while at the University of Florida.
So in order to gain a better scouting report on the defensive lineman, we enlisted the help of ESPN recruiting coordinator Billy Tucker, who watched Easley participate in the Under Armour All-America game in 2010, when Easley was an outgoing high school senior.
The game features the best of the best high school players from around the country, who gather each January in Florida to face off against each other and receive instruction from former NFL coaches in the week leading up to the event.
Easley left quite an impression.
“In the eight years of doing this game, [Easley] was the most dominant defensive player aside from Da'Quan Bowers in 2008,” said Tucker, who is the director of player personnel for the Under Armour game.
What kind of competition was Easley facing? Among the offensive lineman Easley saw during the week leading up to the game were Luke Joeckel (drafted No. 2 overall by the Jaguars in 2013) and Ja'Wuan James (taken by Miami in the first round of the 2014 draft).
Sure, it was four years ago, but it’s a good barometer of Easley’s talent level when healthy.