Re: Dominique Easley
posted at 5/9/2014 12:45 AM EDT
I had Tuitt as the best DL...followed by Easley, then Hageman. Easley is a TOUGH call. By all accounts he seems extremely dedicated, but so too, seems Tuitt. Easley is far more polished (yet still lesser skilled imho than Tuitt)...Everyone DOES talk about his "relentless motor." Dare I say- "Skill" is 1 of those 'full-terms'. Tuitt is more polished, has a better 1st step, ...idk-Tuitt and Easley's game's are completely different-2 guys VERY heightened in differing areas to what "makes their game" Good. Both have Dedication on-field and off...tough call (Easley's been highly discussed however...Tuitt's stats & total game-time, I think are better). Here's how I'd compare the 2- Tuitt has the size/strength & strengths straight on across his whole gameplay, Win. Easley has the- VERY extremely skilled/adept/freakishly great Handful of skill-sets...better than ANY-one else (I'll mention these later).
I believe Tuitt will be a better Pro, with less of the wildcard factor... The "Good" "Wildcard" factor with Easley is- REALLY extreme good...If it pays off, In a 1-2, you could see game-altering DT penetrating "blow-up" play, here and there...and relentlessness all game long. With Tuitt imho-You'll see WELL above average gameplay ALL Day Long, From Day 1 on...with your complete array of TFLs, Sacks, etc.. Easley & Tuitt will be Excellent teammates...and solid and dedicated contributors. I REALLY like him though. His 1st step and hand punch are simply Vi-o-Lent nasty good. 6'2 and 288lbs concerns me though..Scheme (in terms of Pats guys right now) & Current Frame =THAT...IS...My "Big" WildCard factor. Looks like we'll see a 4-3...something like:
Either Strongside-weak Chandler Jones-Dominique Easley-Vince Wilfork-Rob Ninkovich
Or Strongside-weak Rob Ninkovich-Vince Wilfork-Dominique Easley-Chandler Jones
...It worries me- Both seem light- You MUST flank Easley apart from Nink...or it's too underbalanced on either side.
I LOVED the notion of:
s-w: Jones-Siliga-VW-Tuitt...or Tuitt-VW-Siliga-Jones...Jones-Tuitt-VW-Nink...Bequette-VW-Tuitt-Jones...Jones-Armstead-VW-Tuitt... Thought THIS "Ideal" with Tuitt can play either DT/DE, and @ 6'5 308lbs offered more versatility for either completely Big up front...Or Big up front (DT) and quicker (to drop back) at DE (Nink types) <smaller DE's in a slightly quicker yet solid DT 4-3>...or REALLY Big up front w/ whole DL in a 4-2-5 Big Nickel <w/ just 2 LBs>...
Easley is polished from Day 1...but Schematically limited- You'd want him at weakside DT in a Pro 4-3)...But what do you do with your other personell? Ya want Jones on SDE...but Jones CAN play WDE. I don't really want Nink @ SDE...unless on passing downs. Idk...like I said-Easley pretty much has GOT to NOT be on the same side as Nink in a 4-3 Line, or else ya got 1 side with 6'2 260 <Nink> + Easley @ 6'2 288lbs, so idk????
Here's an excellent tape of Easley that I really like a-lot. He's GOT to put some weight on...but what's his knee situation?
~Alright, alright...I needed a refresher, NOW I remember why I liked Easley- Because he's a little p#ss-ant. His DL instincts and adjustments ON the line were IF you made Spikes a D-Lineman...i.e. "Sense and adjust/shift Pre-snap to where I believe I can personally cause as much disruption as humanly possible." The man does this better than any DL prospect I've ever seen (truth). He really is a PURE gap-penetrator & his motor is, like I said- thatof a little, punching, wheeling relentless p#ss-ant. You can see why BB picked him. He's dedicated his game to a high degree of each & every quality: effort, polish of moves & counters, off-field training, and almost, how do I phrase this-A polished Instinctual enjoyment to disrupt the opposing team's play on the D-Line. Very BB.
Lol...I still want Tuitt. I changed my first mo...Granted 10lbs, Knee hold-up, and Belichick coaching, Dominique Easley very well could be a very nasty play disrupting DT. Think (gulp)...and I mean, In the Ideal that EVERY-thing holds up-health + weight add-on (THAT is the dual crux)=Sapp-esque. < Yea...that one. Not joking. But it is THOSE 2 factors...which I am not privy to the inside info upon scrutinizing his body inch by inch, that is paramount.
He's got it though-drive, 1st step freakishly, extreme want & the highest of heightened instincts to gap-disrupt through sensing and shifting/moving pre-snap, polished array of DL moves, very high motor, & violent drive/moves/punch/step, To Do So...and to keep trying to do so, energy-wise.
Like I said...He DOES scream Belichick-type-of-guy. Polish & Dedication...on & off, dedication to polish, polish to dedicate. Watch those 3 things: Hand punch, 1st step, and Pre-snap sense/instinct to shift/adjust=yes, freakshow skilled at these. And watch within the 1st couple years- 10-30lbs of how well & how fluid & how well he adjusts & balances in his complete frame development towards this added weight, weight distribution, muscle-fat-vs. gameplay, etc.. That'll be the wildcard between good player...and (gulp)-Sapp-esque; Yea-I said it...call me on it later.
Here: Tuitt-You WILL get JJ Watt-esque...as a dang near Undoubtable Guarantee (yea...call me on this). Easley-You MAY get Sapp-esque...If and When everything works (yea...call me on it). You WILL get (walterfootball, excellent comparison)- At worst-Glenn Dorsey-esque type of play. You make the call...Imo, I had Tuitt & Easley as the Top #1 & #2 guys I wanted with NE's 1st selection. Not to end on a negative note, But could BB have traded back 4 or spots and selected Easley...mm-hmm, I believe so.