by Aaron Wilson
May 03, 02014
University of Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley visited the St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys.
Easley worked out for roughly 17 NFL teams last Thursday and is roughly 80 percent recovered from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his right knee in September. The drills were run by Chicago Bears defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni. The Bears sent three people to the Pro Day.
Easley tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in 2011. Easley had 67 career tackles, 16 tackles for losses and 5.5 sacks.
Easley is regarded as a second-round draft target, but was projected as a first-round draft pick before he injured his knee. He expects to be fully ready for contact drills by training camp.
National Football Post caught up with Easley, a former blue-chip recruit from Staten Island, N.Y., for the following interview:
How is the draft process going and how's your knee feeling?
Easley: "It's going good. I'm just ready to get back on this field. Everything has gone real well. I'll be full-go by training camp. I'll be able to do a lot this spring right away as soon as I'm drafted."
How motivating is it for you to succeed in the NFL as the father of a young son?
Easley: "He's 1 1/2. That's who I do it for, to provide a great life for him."
What do you want the teams to know about you?
Easley: "Just that I have a passion and a love for the game, just my personality and who I am as a person. I'm someone they can definitely count on. A lot of people have a whole lot of talent where I'm from, but a lot of them don't make it out. I'm trying to show people there is a way, but you have to work hard."
You were initially projected as a high first-round draft pick if not for the knee injury. Have you thought much about where you'll go in the draft?
Easley: "Not really. I could care less about that. I just want to work hard for myself. I've got a certain work ethic and I expect certain things from myself."
How were your visits?
Easley: "Going to Dallas was really good. I didn't actually meet Jerry Jones on my trip, but I got a real good vibe from them. All the trips were very similar."
What's the plan between now and the draft?
Easley: "I'm just chilling. I'm ready to get on the field. That's what I care about."
How did playing in the Southeastern Conference prepare you for the NFL?
Easley: "It prepared us really good. We had a whole lot of coaches who came from the NFL and had an NFL system. They prepared us a lot, a good amount for this."
What's this moment like for you with the draft almost here?
Easley: "Where I'm from, we work hard. Like I said, I've seen a lot of dudes that had the talent, but they never pointed in the right direction or were never really told they had a good chance. I just wanted to be different."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun