Florida DT Easley to turn pro
Injured defensive tackle Dominique Easley played his last snap for the University of Florida. The senior will enter the 2014 NFL Draft rather than applying for a medical redshirt season.
"He'll have plenty of interest," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "He'll be a productive guy on the next level. He's a really good football player. He's extremely intelligent. He gets the game. His tape speaks for itself and how he plays the game and approaches the game. He'll be fine."
Easley, a 285-pound three-technique tackle, tore the medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice Sept. 24. He had surgery to repair his left ACL in 2011.
NFLDraftScout.com's fourth-ranked defensive tackle for 2014, Easley is ranked 29th overall and could raise his standing by proving his health during the pre-draft process. Draft analyst Dane Brugler said "He has an explosive first step and is extremely fluid for his size, showing lateral burst to attack gaps and win angles. Easley is a tough, high motor kid and forces the issue with his penetration, making an impact even if he doesn't get the sack or tackle. He is a high character person with a strong work ethic so if anyone can return from an injury like this, it's him."