I wasn't too thrilled with the pick last night simply because Easley was one of the few guys that I didn't understand the fascination with. That being said I hope it works out and am feeling a bit better about it for a few reasons.
1) It fills a huge area of need. Frankly I wouldn't be upset if Jones and Vellano aren't on the team next year.
2) Easley was considered by some people to be a top 5-10 talent had he not suffered the ACL injury
3) For those of you saying he could have been had in the 3rd round you are crazy. Tank Carradine tore his ACL (and unlike Easley it was at the end of his season so you knew he was basically a redshirt) and still went in the early 2nd. No way Easley makes it out of the top 50 picks. Maybe not out of the top 40.
4) Coach Belichick has a pretty good track record of drafting defensive lineman in the 1st round. Wilfork and Seymour are two of the best players in team history. Jones had a pro bowl caliber year last season and even Ty Warren who was the weakest of the 4 was no slouch.