Re: Before we jump the gun..
posted at 5/9/2014 1:25 PM EDT
In response to rkarp's comment:
look, if BB says this is the guy to play in his defense, then in BB I trust. BB in turn has to trust his medical staff that this guy checked out and is not a huge risk.
Reiss is convinced...100% convinced, that the Seahawks would have taken Easley with the next pick.
I am also 100% convinced that Easley was the last defensive player on the Pats board with a first round grade. If the Pats were going to make the pick, and if they were going defense, there was no other player on their board.
After weeks of suggesting it might be difficult to trade down from #32, that’s exactly what the Seahawks did today. They made a deal with Minnesota to move out of the first round, collecting a fourth rounder (#108 overall) in the process.
They now own the #40 pick.
Was this always destined to happen? Perhaps.
But you could watch the Seahawks war room on a live feed online. And those watching certainly detected an air of deflation when New England selected Dominique Easley at #29.
Easley. RT @NEPD_Loyko: Just got it confirmed to me “Seattle got their guy stolen from them” “They packed up shop after that pick”.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyedNESN) May 9, 2014
It felt pretty deflating watching at home too. Easley is a terrific prospect and clearly some teams feel comfortable about the situation with his knees. He’s not just an explosive interior rusher — he has a Seahawks attitude and personality. He would’ve fit like a glove on this defense. Imagine him blowing up the pocket from the interior with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett working the edge? What a shame.
Ian Rapoport has since confirmed Seattle wanted Easley:
Why did the #Seahawks want Dominique Easley before the #Patriots drafted him? DC Dan Quinn recruited him at Florida. He went, they traded
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 9, 2014
Dan Quinn didn’t join the Gators until 2011 and Easley was part of Florida’s 2010 class — so Quinn didn’t recruit him. But he coached him — and clearly made an impression.