Donald Gone At 16? Easley New Cowboys' Target

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Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Keith Marshall (4) is tackled by Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) in the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports


There is another 3-technique in the draft with a similar stature and skillset to Aaron Donald.  He’s 6’2, 288, and a terror off the ball.  He even plays with the same ferocious mindset and motor as Donald.

Dominique Easley was considered by most as a future top-10 pick before his ACL and MCL tear in September.  The Florida Gator is a risk that some Cowboys fans won’t want to make.

This is his second ACL tear, the opposite knee went down in 2010.  Looking to write off guys with prior knee surgeries, how about the multiple college knee injuries of Ronald Leary, the Cowboys starting LG?

RG3 still runs the show in Washington.  Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing the following year off a bad ACL tear, even winning the 2012 NFL MVP award.

These days you just don’t write off guys with past ACL injuries.  Both Griffin and Peterson suffered their tears in December.  Easley absorbed his in September and is on schedule to be healthy for Week 1.  He began running in late 2013.

During his 2 healthy seasons (2011 & 2012), Easley racked up solid numbers for an interior DT in the tough SEC.  He had 63 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks.

Those certainly aren’t on par with the sick numbers Aaron Donald posted during the same years…111 tackles, 34.5 TFL, and 16.5 sacks.  No DT in college football produced absurd numbers like Donald.

Not taking a thing from Donald, but Easley competed against the best OL in college football in the SEC Conference.  Donald dominated in the Big East and ACC.

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