DT | DE | LB | OG/C | S | RB |
Thoughts: Easley fills an obvious need of the Patriots: a sub-package penetrating defensive tackle. With Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork aging, he also provides a future developmental presence who, depsite an injury history, has tremendous explosiveness and intriguing versatility.
Patriots Draft Picks:
Instant Grade: B-
Easley is an immediate upgrade to the Patriots on passing downs, a top ten talent, and will boost their interior rush immediately. But considering his injury history of two torn ACL's, this selection is certainly a risk, coming on the heels of the team's selection of cornerback Ras-I Dowling with the 33rd pick in 2012.