Bears attend Florida DT's private Pro Day

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  1. riczaj01

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    Bears attend Florida DT's private Pro Day
    April, 17, 2014
    Apr 1711:43AM ETBy Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

    The Bears were one of 17 NFL teams on-hand Thursday in Gainesville, Fla., to watch University of Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley work out in front of scouts for the first time since he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in September, according to ESPN.com's Florida Gators and SEC reporter Jeff Barlis.

    Part of the Bears' delegation included new defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni, who was seen working directly with Easley during at least one individual drill.

    Chicago Bears DL coach Paul Pasqualoni works with ex-#Gators Dominique Easley on a drill. pic.twitter.com/qMzPze4dOB

    — Jeff Barlis (@JeffBarlisESPN) April 17, 2014
    ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper ranks Easley as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the 2014 draft class.

    The 6-foot-2, 288 pound Easley also tore his ACL in 2010, but started 23 games for the Gators over the 2011-2012 seasons where he developed the reputation of being extremely quick off the football. Easley recorded 3.5 tackles-for-loss in Florida's loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl two years ago.

    Easley's profile on ESPN.com's Insider page notes that he, "explodes off the snap" and that his "hands are quick and violent."

    However, he played in just three games last season before sustaining the knee injury at practice the week leading up to the Gators game versus Kentucky.

    Easley finished his career with 67 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks.

    It's no secret the Bears want to add another young defensive tackle to the mix in 2014. While it may be a stretch to link the Bears to Easley in the first round at No. 14 overall given his medical history, he could certainly be in play in the second round at No. 51, or later if he falls for whatever reason.
     
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    If Emery goes SS in the first I could see him looking at Easley as a second rounder. Or maybe just another smoke screen.
     
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    I don't think anyone is spending that kind of money for just a smokescreen, all these guys are possible targets depending on how the draft falls.
     
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    I assume that his recovery must be stellar to get this kind of interest. But with 2 ACLs and a torn Meniscus in 3 years I would be a little worried about durability.
     
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    Yep, for me thats a DQ factor. Quarles would be my DT of choice outside of Donald.
     
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    So ESPN thinks this dude will grade out in the 2nd round???

    THAT is why Mel Kiper and Todd McShay haven't ever been hired by a NFL team.
     
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    He probably does grade out in 2nd, he is real good when healthy. I thing the risk at the fact both knees have had ACL surgery will drop him back to end of 3rd to 4th just because of the injury history and Quarles, Sutton, Ferguson, and Carreuth ?? the kid from Princeton may all be a safer choice although Easley is a heck of a player when healthy, at least prior to the ACL injuries.
     
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    So if he drops back to the 3rd or 4th, my point is made.

    Of course I could be wrong, but we've all seen players drop for smaller injuries/issues. Easley was a heck of a player, what he is remains to be seen after two years (essentially) out of the game.
     
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    Easley's situation is really a damn shame, because he's as purely talented and dominant as any DT in the draft. His knee makes him a third day pick, for me.
     
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    There is no salary cap for smokescreens. Just sayin'.
     
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