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Easley impresses, proves to NFL he's healthy

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GAINESVILLE -- Former Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley wowed NFL scouts Thursday during a private pro day, dismissing concerns over his health following multiple knee surgeries during his four-year career in Gainesville.

Easley -- who tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in a practice late last September -- worked out yards from the same place he sustained the non-contact knee injury in The Swamp, impressing dozens of league representatives with his quickness, power, agility, fluidity and competitive fire.

“I felt great,” said Easley, all-smiles following his workout.

“That’s just me. I like to work past expectations. I don’t like being down. That’s just who I am as a person. [I showed scouts] that I can move. That I still got the quickness. That I still got the get-off and I still got my tenacity.”

Representatives from the Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns were among those in attendance, while Chicago Bears defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni led the workout alongside Florida head coach Will Muschamp.

“Outstanding five months out of surgery,” Muschamp said of Easley’s half-hour session.

“I was shocked how quick he was, his lateral change of direction, all the stuff he’s able to do. It doesn’t shock me in terms of his work ethic and what he’s willing to do to get himself ready.”

Easley, who rehabbed three times a day, everyday with trainer Tony Villani in Boca Raton, pegged his current knee strength at “about 80 percent” but expects to be 100 percent by July mini-camps.

The former All-SEC standout also noted he trained with ex-Gators and current Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey in South Florida.

Charged with a relentless motor and explosive first-step, the undersized tackle (6-2, 285 pounds) was tabbed as the nation’s ninth-best overall prospect just six months ago, according to ESPN draft guru Todd McShay.

But following a second ACL tear in three years, the dominant interior lineman saw his stock plummet.

After a long road to recovery, Easley isn’t concerned with draft projections and is simply ready to prove he’s worth the risk whenever he’s selected.

“I don’t really pay any attention to [the projections],” Easley said. “Everybody know how I play. Everybody seen my passion for the game, my love for it. That stuff don’t matter to me.”

Meanwhile, his former college coach believes teams would be foolish to pass on such a talent.

"You want him in your locker room,” Muschamp said, emphatically.

“He's a really good player, but I think his competitive edge is a huge talent. It's probably his No. 1 talent. A bunch of the coaches and scouts came to me afterward and said, 'We understand what you're talking about.' We got out there and we put him through a tough workout. … We made it difficult on purpose. It was good for them to see that because when it gets tough, that's when he's at his best."

Easley acknowledged the mental hurdle of a second knee injury was rough, but motivated by his 18-month-old son, Dominique Easley Jr., he decided quickly he didn’t have time to feel sorry for himself.

“I don't expect sympathy from anybody,” Easley said. “Life isn't about sympathy. You got to get through what you got to get through. Ain't no time to be crying about something. You've got mouths to feed. That's how I look at life. I've got a mouth to feed. If I cry, he's going to cry for not having food. I can't let that happen."

Easley, who won’t participate in any private workouts, starts seven straight days of team visits Sunday before May’s (8-10) NFL Draft. 

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wait til u see what we gots coming


wif a D !

psssssssssssssssssstttttttttttt u dopes, Olsen will be an All-American riiieet ? or Kaaya

Nice highlights against LSU...oh wait...that wasn't LSU was it.

What have yall done in tbe last 100 years? 3 measly ships? No undefeated seasons. Lost to georgia southern. Lost to the Canes 37 times. And your college town still sucks.

Lol, if your d wasnt offsides in the rajin cajun game that would have been 2 div ll loses.lmao!

We are stuck in the 2000s too. You forgot the nfl draft pick streaks, national title,peach bowl win,another national title appearance,gator bowl win,sugar bowl win,orange bowl win and mpc bowl win. Learn your history before speaking....2 of those bowls were wins against the felons. I guess u cant fix stupid!

Lol plus a win streak that rivals any win streak the gators have put together. Gotta load them guns before you shoot off at the mouth. Blanks dont hurt anyone

Lost 37 times?? The overall record is 29-26 UM. 3 more wins is hardly owning the gators, but then again we all know you guys live in a delusional dreamworld. Having 2 more championships then us is not that big of a difference. You guys act like you're Alabama with 15 titles. You had a good run 20 years ago. No one is taking that away from you, but in the last 10 years the Gators have had a lot more success then the canes have had. Those are the facts plain and simple, so until you start having the success you had 10+ years ago, keep your mouths shut. It'd be like Harvard talking all kinds of smack to cane fans and acting like they're the greatest team ever because they won 7 titles. The last one was in 1919, but hey it's more than 5, so they're better than the canes right?

Doesnt mean harvard is better but they do have more tradition for it....Princeton also....miami has a richer tradition than fla. The reaso. We are better is record....i know 37 wins was a stretch but hey , if yall can stretch truths so can I. 21-16 makes us better....thats it tradition is what you guys have to work on....

Sorry about typing but its hard to type legibley while laughing. Even essecpn admitted miami has more tradition than ufelons.

They do, I'm not arguing that. The point everyone's trying to make, that you can't seem to grasp, is that the gators have been way more successful as of the last 10 years, with the exception of 1 really bad year. You guys just relish the fact that we FINALLY had a worse year then you, but until we have 10 straight, we're not even close to the misery that you're facing right now.

HEY, here's another fun FACT! Miami owns uf in baseball too.126-110-1...sucks to be a little brother.

Dont stop at 10 years gatordummy.....i know it fits your agenda but its an incomplete assessment. Yall like doing that to try to make yourselves feel better about the WHOLE truth.

You can't handle the truth


GATOR GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS !!!

BACK TO BACK !!!

THE 7th. GATOR SPORT TO GO BACK TO BACK FOR NATIONAL TITLES !!! THAT'S 12 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THE LAST 8 YEARS !!! 32 OVERALL !!! WAAAAYYYYY MORE THAN u !!!

Today in GATOR SPORTS ?

Gymnastics NATIONAL CHAMPS, Lacrosse ANOTHER Conference Title, Men Tennis reaches SEC final, Baseball Sweeps Georgia and Softball clobbers Texas A&M 17-4 !!!

I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!!

SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!!

so what's going on at that athletic 'ship dust bowl in coral gables ?

u were saying something about winning a baseball game u clUcks ?

ur last NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Anything ? qUe ? thought so.

how about just a little acc championship in anything ?

mmmmm hhhmmmmm ... go lady canes ... in anything ?

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GATORS !!! #1 AGAIN !!!

Lots of more SEC 'SHIPS and NATIONAL 'SHIPS to play for and WIN !!!

It's a GATOR thing that u couldn't understand... Ur dismissed.


Really? Gymnastics? Lacrosse? Softball? I guess if that is your best hope at sports.

Hey, I have an idea. How about when people ask questions then other bloggers answer those questions. How about when someone states an opinion, other bloggers argue those opinions. Try not to use words like virgin and people will eventually take you more seriously. Try not to revert to bashing a team that, head to head,is better than you, or just beat you. Try actually staying on topic. Try not using 10 and 20 year arguments and say not to dwell on the past in the same paragraph. I make some good points on here most of the time and have legitimate questions most of the time. Yet low and behold someone says something stupid or just plain ignorant in response. Every time.Most gators post something about the Canes first on almost all gator blogs then ask us why we come here when we have legitimate gator questions or opinions. It doesn't make any sense the way you respond. This could be a good blog if it weren't for the gator bloggers and maybe 1 canefan. I will admit he is childish too.
What do you think jesse? I think you should do an entire piece on all my points. You can speak your mind and these bloggers dont call you names , why cant I?

We do it to try to make ourselves feel better???? Feel better about what exactly? Feel better about the fact that we've had way more success in the present? Feel better about the fact that I'm a gator fan posting comments on "GATOR" clause in response to obsessive delusional cane fans paying more attention to "GATOR" clause then gator fans? Wait, I do feel better about that. I'm not an obsessed delusional loser. That's definitely something to feel better about. What is it exactly that I'm trying to feel better about? Am I supposed to feel superior when I haven't done a single thing in 10 years? I haven't sniffed a chance at even a conference championship appearance ever since joint the All Cupcake Conference, except during a 7 win black cloud season? Oh wait, I'm not a cane fan! Do you really feel proud about the fact that you're talking trash as if you're 10 straight national champs? I mean seriously, do you not realize how pathetic it is that you continue to talk trash as if you're the greatest team in college football?? Justify what you're doing however you like, but you can't justify anything when you're in "GATOR" clause.

Like I said.....ignorant posts with a time frame. Jesse makes intelligent posts. He understands how this works. Why go 10 years why not 1? Why not 40? Why not all time? Because it fits your agenda. Gator fans are like politicians. You ask questions and get answers that have nothing to do with the question or diversions acting as if you actually answered it. You guys are straight out of idiocracy. The dumbing down of america is working.

36-9

Yea....39-6..... thats all yall ever have....39-6...... like I said, dumbing down of america. Yall should watch idiocracy, it was hard to watch but i think yall will find it captivating .
Jesse can you put an idiot ip block on these guys?

Scoreboard.

it was a good day

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GdHjUyn8HE


just another Gator day

U've no idea what I mean do you

performa

http://lockerz.com/u/20583073/decalz/6512747/_purple_rain_superbowl_halftime_performa

u gonna win 14 in a row only to loooose 3 straight later ?

naaaaawwwww u ain't ready and none of your teams will compete either on a division, conference or National level.

Go fish u bad fisherman.

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Lol....prince? That was the worst performance ever! Prince sucked in the 80s and apparently sucks worse in the 10s. The dumbing down of america continues. It all starts with public education. Prince? Really?love the gator that was bragging about sweeping georgia( not southern) and there is still a game to play in the series today. What idiots.

36-9

Ollie, we all know 36 men, 9 nights and one big sluut of a mother created the thing that is you.

Will you pay us to beat you on your home field again?

Wow, amazing all the wasted print from the Miami Morons. The latest incarnation of the Bunnel Virgin is "concerned citizen" who pretends to be a logical and fair poster on the surface but can't fool anyone here it's the same crap all over again. Imbeciles!


Easly will be a great catch for any NFL team. First round talent whose stock fell due to injury. Wish him the best.
Go Gators!!!

Well when I as simple questions and get uninformed answers or "what have you done" in varying amounts of yearsthat best gits an argument that has nothing to do with the question i asked , what do you expect? I understand inbreeding hinders the ability to learn but doesn't stop the learning process. You guys are doing the best you can, Im just trying to get your max potential. One day....maybe....gator lum already admitted the tradition factor and ollie learned a new score. You're next jlo....lets learn something today.

Well when I as simple questions and get uninformed answers or "what have you done" in varying amounts of yearsthat best gits an argument that has nothing to do with the question i asked , what do you expect? I understand inbreeding hinders the ability to learn but doesn't stop the learning process. You guys are doing the best you can, Im just trying to get your max potential. One day....maybe....gator lum already admitted the tradition factor and ollie learned a new score. You're next jlo....lets learn something today.

Well when I as simple questions and get uninformed answers or "what have you done" in varying amounts of yearsthat best gits an argument that has nothing to do with the question i asked , what do you expect? I understand inbreeding hinders the ability to learn but doesn't stop the learning process. You guys are doing the best you can, Im just trying to get your max potential. One day....maybe....gator lum already admitted the tradition factor and ollie learned a new score. You're next jlo....lets learn something today.

Just another uf player that will fail in the NFL

i can't believe i actually like the university of miami. but i can believe i love dongs.

Dongs...? Really....? From virgins to dongs....? Thats a step backwards. Our public education system is a failure

You're right, our public system is a failure. That GED you received IS a worthless piece of paper. Let's see:

"Well when I as simple questions". You mean "ask" instead of "as"?

or better yet,

"in varying amounts of yearsthat best gits an argument". You mean "years that at best would receives an argument? Only an "uninformed" idiot would use the word "gits".

I can go on and out about this retarded hypocrite but why waste my time. Funny how Gainesville is this redneck, inbred hick town but this f'ing dumb s'hit lives 50 miles outside of it and in an even worse part of town.

Seriously, you can't make this up.

Give sid The Moron a break, after all he lives "in the country", not much going on there and gets beat up every time he gets too close to Gainesville. For fun he has to road trip to Jacksonville where he can more easily blend in with the homeless crowd and won't stand out as much with his lack of personal hygiene habits. What a Moron!

Easly will kick butt in the NFL just like the latest crop of former Gators are doing.

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