"Who?" - non diehard Patriot fans.
In a somewhat surprising move the Patriots just released their 2014 first round draft pick defensive linemen Dominique Easley. In two seasons with the Patriots Easley did basically nothing. One highlight I can remember him having was an interception vs the Vikings in week 2 of 2014. Other than that, nothing.
I never liked him. I'm a Gators guy and still didn't like the pick. The Pats drafted a guy with terrible knees and he ended both of his seasons as a Patriot on the IR. Shocker. This chump as lucky enough to be on a Super Bowl winning team without doing anything. Makes me feel bad for Patriot legends like Logan Mankins and Wes Welker who just missed out on some bling.
What is really odd about this move is that by cutting him now the Pats still are going to have a 3.6 MILLION DOLLAR cap hit. Which for a team strapped for cap space is troubling. That is what really makes me mad because now they're probably gonna have to cut Danny Amendola unless he restructures again because this team is cap strapped. Makes you think he probably did something deplorable to get released. Hoping it's not a Hernandez 2.0 type of situation. (There were rumors of an unnamed Patriot being involved with that dude who just died on the Ravens I think)
With Dominique Easley gone is just adds to the laundry list of players the Patriots have drafted early in the last decade that completely flopped. To me that is the craziest story of their 15 year run of dominance in the NFL that they've done it while having a ton of draft busts. Obviously they've made some really good selections as well, and struck gold with guys like Brady and Edelman in the late rounds but just look at some of the names they've taken and the guys still available. Obviously it's easy to look back now and say how the hell could you mess that up? But even the greatest franchise in all of sports as it's misses.
Patriots Draft Busts in the Last Decade
2006: 1st round 21st overall Lawerence Maroney (RB) Wasn't a complete bust but for how high of a draft pick he was I'd consider him a flop. Was okay in 2006 and 2007.
2006: 2nd round #36 overall Chad Jackson (WR) over guys like Greg Jennings, Devin Hester and Maurice Jones-Drew
2008: 2nd round #63 overall Terrence Wheatley (CB) over Jamaal Charles
2008: 3rd round #78 overall Shawn Crable (LB) 3rd round pick 4 career tackles in the NFL
2008: 3rd round #94 overall Kevin O' Connell (QB) drafted a QB in the 3rd round when you had Tom Brady and Matt Cassel
2009: 2nd round #40 overall Ron Brace (DT)
2009: 2nd round #41 overall Darius Butler (CB) next pick Jarius Byrd, could have also had LeSean McCoy, Connor Barwin, or Max Unger
2010: 2nd round #53 overall Jermaine Cunningham (LB) Complete bust, taken ahead of Carlos Dunlap and Sean Lee
2010: 3rd round #90 overall Taylor Price (WR) no impact whatsoever
2011: 2nd round #33 overall Ras-I Dowling (CB) first pick of the 2nd round and also probably the worst pick of the 2nd round. Hurt entire time with Pats. Did literally nothing.
2011: 3rd round #74 overall Ryan Mallet (QB) complete waste of a 3rd round pick
2012: 2nd round #48 overall Tavon Wilson (S) Experts didn't even expect him to get drafted
2012: 3rd round #90 overall Jake Bequette (DE) played in 8 games from 2012-15. BUST
2013: 2rd round #59 overall Aaron Dobson (WR) More like Aaron Dropson, was okay rookie year, been hurt ever since
2014: 1st round #29 overall Dominique Easley (DL) 22 games in 2 seasons. Cut Today.
Again obviously the Pats have been great in the last 10 years. 3 AFC championships, 1 Super Bowl win, 9 Division titles, 5 straight AFC championship game appearances. It's just crazy to me they've had so many draft flops and have maintained this high level of excellence. All the credit to Belichick the coach (not the GM) despite all the success of the Brady Belichick era the craziest thing to me is that they have underachieved despite all the success. Could very easily have another Super Bowl or 3.