Cowboys 2014 NFL Draft: Mike Mayock’s Top Five Defensive Tackles

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5. Dominique Easley, Florida

Aug 31, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) tackles Toledo Rockets running back David Fluellen (22)during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 6’2  Weight: 285 lbs. 40 Time: 4.93  Round Projection: 2nd

Player Analysis: Despite concerns about being undersized and a past ACL injury, Easley is unusually strong for his frame on top of being one of the quickest defensive tackles in this class.

Cowboys Analysis: Easley is considered by some to possess top-ten level talent, but his injury history draws some concerns about durability, hence his current second round grade. One person who thinks Easley is a perfect choice for the Cowboys is CBSDFW.com’s Bill Jones. Here’s what Jones recently had to say about the Florida prospect after choosing him first for Dallas in his latest seven round mock draft:

“Love this player’s dynamic personality, athleticism and ability to disrupt plays with a great get off, a lot of which doesn’t show up on a stat sheet. This is a top of the first round talent whose draft stock is up in the air due to ACL injuries to both knees. The good news is those are the only two ACLs he has, and you rarely hear of a player tearing the same ACL twice. So, this pick is totally dependent on what the team doctors say after thoroughly checking out Easley’s knees in Indy this weekend. However, I want to be on the record prior to the combine that based on what I see on video, Easley is the best choice late in the 1st round after a trade down from 16 or 17 (depending on a coin flip this week with the Ravens).”

Jones makes Easley sound like the second coming of Warren Sapp. But do the Cowboys really need to draft another player with an established injury history? DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter…at some point, the injuries begin to pile up and hurt the team. Lee’s neck injury late last season is a perfect example of that. No, it’s seems more likely that the Cowboys would chose someone higher on this list than yet another prospect with durability issues.

All statistics provided via CBSSports.com.
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  • Chad

    Will Sutton deserves an honorable mention here. Whether we decide to go safety, DE (my preference), or DT in the first, Will should be a solid lock for us in the second.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Really need a DT in first round whether at 17 or a trade down. Hageman seems like the least risky choice. Due to injuries and Cowboys track record with drafting injured player, should stay away from Easley and Nix (also weight concern). Jernigan and Donald would be good picks in a trade back into the mid 20s.