Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley was selected in the first round of the NFL draft, 29th overall, by the New England Patriots on Thursday.
Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley was selected in the first round of the NFL draft, 29th overall, by the New England Patriots on Thursday. (Associated Press)

FOXBOROUGH -- The New England Patriots selected Florida defensive end Dominique Easley with the No. 29 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Easley was said to have the talent for a top 10 pick before a pair of ACL operations had projected him to go in the second or third round. According to his draft overview at NFL.com, Easley was accused of fighting with a former Alabama football player in October. Although police recommended he be charged with a misdemeanor, the State's Attorney's office declined to press charges.

With only a low pick in Thursday's first round, the biggest excitement for Patriots fans might have been Tom Brady's surprise appearance at the team's draft party.