With the 29th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Florida defensive end Dominique Easley. The versatile pass-rusher brings a new dimension to the blooming Foxboro defense. Reactions around New England can be summed up as lukewarm… While many admire the raw talent that Easley has demonstrated, many are wary of his lingering health concerns.
Dominique Easley is a major talent — when healthy. Drafted w/ health concerns. Damn near Gronk-ish. #patriots
— Chris Sprow (@SprowESPN) May 9, 2014
Easley’s fellow defensive lineman chimed in with their support:
I'm lovin this pick !!
— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) May 9, 2014
— Chandler Jones (@Chan95Jones) May 9, 2014
While some New England fans were unhappy:
Everyone is saying what Easley could've been without the injuries. Fact is he has not one but two bum knees. I just don't understand
— Kimberly DuBois (@kim_dubois) May 9, 2014
Others were a bit more sage…
People can look at it two ways.. "the Patriots took an injured player" or "the Patriots wouldn't have even sniffed Easley if healthy"
— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) May 9, 2014