Improved Easley's injury hurts the Gators 

September, 27, 2013

The season-ending injury to Dominique Easley (a torn ACL and medial meniscus in his right knee) is a huge blow to the Florida defense, and very disappointing for a player who had really improved his NFL draft stock with his play in the Gators’ first three games.

Easley was following a similar path to that of teammate Sharrif Floyd (first-round pick of the Vikings in 2013) from last year, in that he was thriving after moving inside from the defensive end position.

Based on the tapes I’ve studied and games I’ve watched of his this year, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say he had been the most dominant defensive player through the first quarter of the season, as he was very disruptive and regularly was making plays in the opponents’ backfield.