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Patriots select Florida DL Dominique Easley at No. 29

05.08.14 at 11:37 pm ET

FOXBORO — The Patriots selected defensive end Dominique Easley with the 29th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder out of Florida is recovering from a ruptured right ACL and medial meniscus that he suffered during the 2013 season. Before the injury, Easley started in three games and had five tackles (two for loss). Easley’€™€™s 2013 injury marked the second time that he injured one of his knees. Easley also missed time during the 2011 season after he tore the ACL in his left knee during a game against Florida State.

Voted a team captain last year, he received the team’€™€™s 2013 Greg See Tenacity Award. In addition,. he received 2013 James W. Kynes Award for mental and physical toughness

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