Cowboys Pre-Draft Visit Tracker: Florida DT Dominique Easley To Visit Next Week

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Should the Cowboys invest an early-round pick on a potentially dominant player in Dominique Easley - despite his injury history?

Quoting a league source, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports that Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley will visit the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots next week.

Easley is coming off two torn ACL's, which has considerably hurt his draft stock. In 2011, he tore his left ACL, yet recovered sufficiently to lay claim to being one of the most dominant players in college football. His junior and senior seasons proved that he is one of the most disruptive defenders in the SEC, and was on his way to becoming a top ten draft pick before tearing his right ACL in September 2013. He has since been working on his rehab and is convinced he'll make a complete recovery.

"I tore my ACL in 2011, and I got faster in 2013," he said. "So when I get back from this ACL, it’s going to make me nothing but faster… it’s a blessing for me because I know what I went through, how much I improved after the first ACL."

Due to his injury, Easley wasn't able to take part in the multitude of postseason workouts and scouting events draft-eligible players usually go through each year, but he drew a big crowd to Gainesville for his pro day Thursday, and didn't disappoint with 18 NFL teams in attendance, per Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Despite injury concerns, Easley left scouts thinking that he could go early on Day 2 of the draft. Easley said he believed he was 80 percent recovered, and would be ready for minicamps this summer. Nobody will fault Easley for considering himself this far along, and it is indeed possible that he's close to coming back. We've seen examples of crazy comebacks like Adrian Peterson's, but we've also seen players that never recovered fully from such an injury.

With his injury history, Easley is probably off some teams’ draft boards altogether, while others might be willing to take a flyer on him. It's hard to imagine any team parting with a first-round pick for Easley, but if he's there at No. 47 in the second round, the Cowboys may find Easley hard to pass up. Dallas has shown a willingness to take chances on players with ACL issues in the second round, and Easley might be worth taking as has the potential to be a future Pro Bowler - if he can stay healthy.

When the Cowboys bring him in next week, they'll want to take a detailed look at his knee and the outcome of those medical tests will determine not only if but also how high Easley will rank on the Cowboys' draft board.

The Cowboys did not use up their full allotment of 30 national draft prospects they are allowed to bring in for pre-draft visits. Which is why they can bring in Easley next week, one week removed from when they hosted most of their other pre-draft vistors. And it may not even be the first time the Cowboys have had Easley in: Bryan Broaddus seemed to indicate that Easley had already been at Valley Ranch for a visit with the Cowboys:

If so, two visits by Easley would indicate some serious interest by the Cowboys, and the 6-foot-2, 285 pound lineman would seem to be an excellent fit for Rod Marinnelli's defensive line.

In total, we now know of 23 national draft pospects the Cowboys brought in so far, as well as 36 local prospects brought in for Dallas Day - although those numbers could still increase as more names become known.

Confirmed Cowboys Pre-draft Visits/Workouts per 4/19/2014
CBS Rank Name POS College Visit Type
12 Anthony Barr OLB/DE UCLA Official visit
13 Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Official visit
16 Zack Martin OT Notre Dame Official visit
18 Timmy Jernigan DT FSU Official visit
24 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Official visit
35 Kony Ealy DE Missouri Official visit
41 Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois Official visit
43 DeMarcus Lawrence DE Boise State Official visit
49 Scott Crichton DE Oregon State Official visit
52 Lamarcus Joyner CB FSU Official visit
60 Dominique Easley DT Florida Official visit
61 Paul Richardson WR Colorado Official visit
68 Billy Turner OT North Dakota Official visit
73 Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi St. Official visit
91 Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State Official Visit
98 Will Clarke DE West Virginia Official Visit
117 Cyril Richardson G Baylor Official Visit
136 Josh Huff WR Oregon Official visit
150 Trai Turner OG LSU Official visit
170 Howard Jones OLB Shepherd Official visit
229 Kerry Hyder DT Texas Teach Official visit
318 Brandon Dixon CB Northwest Missouri St. Official visit
372 Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois Official visit
389 Chris Whaley DT Texas Official visit
504 Davon Coleman DE Arizona State Official visit
Dallas Day
29 Jason Verrett CB TCU Not coming
89 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas Not coming
122 Josh Mauro DE Stanford Dallas Day
144 Mike Davis WR Texas Dallas Day
281 Garrett Gilbert QB SMU Dallas Day
313 Terrance Bullitt OLB Texas Tech Dallas Day
367 Ciante Evans S Nebraska Dallas Day
415 Casey Pachal QB TCU Dallas Day
459 Cory Nelson OLB Oklahoma Dallas Day
491 Dashaun Pillips CB Tarleton State Dallas Day
500 James Franklin QB Missouri Dallas Day
513 Derek Thompson QB North Texas Dallas Day
519 Elisha Olabode S TCU Dallas Day
537 Kelvin Palmer OT Baylor Dallas Day
577 Ben Malena RB Texas A&M Dallas Day
608 Kenneth Acker CB SMU Dallas Day
622 James Sims RB Kansas Dallas Day
651 Josh Harris RB Wake Forest Dallas Day
653 Josh Allen C Louisiana-Monroe Dallas Day
685 Jeremy Johnson WR SMU Dallas Day
707 Adrian Phillips SS Texas Dallas Day
758 Aaron Burks WR Boise State Dallas Day
766 Taylor Gabriel WR Abilene Christian Dallas Day
933 Matt White S Missouri Dallas Day
995 Keenan Holman WR SMU Dallas Day
- - Rob Marshall RB Utah State Dallas Day
- - Jonathon Miller RB Illinois State Dallas Day
- - Ronnie Cooper WR University of Saint Mary Dallas Day
- - Aaron Bellazin DE North Texas Dallas Day
- - Tanner Brock LB TCU Dallas Day
- - Craig Wenrick TE UTEP Dallas Day
- - Waymon James RB TCU Dallas Day
- - Donovan Bonner LB Missouri Dallas Day
- - Nosa Eguae DE Auburn Dallas Day
- - Cameron Frosch P Texas A&M Commerce Dallas Day
- - Zachry Orr LB North Texas Dallas Day
- - Chris Parks CB SMU Dallas Day
- - Kacy Rodgers S University of Miami Dallas Day
Private Workout
78 Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson Private workout
105 C.J. Fiedorowitz TE Iowa Private workout
137 Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern Private workout
146 Walt Aikens CB Liberty Private workout
194 JC Copeland FB LSU Meeting
471 Demetri Goodson CB Baylor Private workout
571 Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe DT Boise State Private workout
910 Kevin Fogg CB/KR Liberty Private workout
- - Luke Sebald DL Wisconsin Lutheran Private workout
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