What happened to the number 1 ranked DT recruit from 2010-2015?

2010: Dominique Easley DT Staten Island, New York. 4th ranked national, 1st best DT, 1st best in the state of New York. Played 4 seasons at Florida (2010-2013). 1st round pick in 2014 NFL Draft (29th overall) by the New England Patriots. 4 seasons in NFL (2 with Patriots, 2 with Rams). 6 games started (41 games played) out of 64. 1x Super Bowl Champion (2014 with New England Patriots). 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles, 6.5 sacks, 64 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss. Currently no longer playing football after his career was ended in 2018 with a knee injury. 

2011: Anthony Johnson DT New Orleans, Louisiana. 5th ranked national, 1st best DT, 2nd best in the state of Louisiana. 3 seasons at LSU (2011-2013). Undrafted in 2014. 3 seasons in NFL (1 with Dolphins, 1 with Patriots, 1 with Jets, 1 with Colts). 1x Super Bowl Champion (2014 with New England Patriots). 1 game started (22 games played) out of 48. 16 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 0 sacks. Currently plays for DC Defenders in the XFL. 

2012: Mario Edwards DT Denton, Texas. 2nd ranked national, 1st best DT, 1st best in the state of Texas. Played 3 seasons at Florida State (2012-2014). 2nd round pick in 2015 NFL Draft (35th overall) by the Oakland Raiders. 6+ seasons in NFL (3 with Raiders, 1 with Bears, 1 with Giants, 1 with Saints). 24 games started (74 games played) out of 96. 3 forced fumbles, 14.5 sacks, 110 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss. Currently backup defensive end for the Chicago Bears, currently serving a 2 game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy. 

Source: 247sports.com

2013: Eddie Vanderdoes DT Auburn, California. 7th ranked national, 1st best DT, 2nd best in the state of California. Played 4 seasons at UCLA (2013-2016). 3rd round pick in 2017 NFL Draft (88th overall) by the Oakland Raiders. 2 seasons in NFL (1 with Raiders, 1 with Texans). 13 games started (19 games played) out of 32. 0 sacks, 26 total tackles, 2 tackles for loss. Currently a free agent in NFL. 

2014: Andrew Brown DT Chesapeake, Virginia. 12th ranked national, 1st best DT, 3rd best in the state of Virginia. Played 4 seasons at Virginia (2014-2017). 5th round pick in 2018 NFL Draft (158th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals. 2+ seasons in NFL (2 with Bengals, 1 with Texans). 1 game started (21 games played) out of 32. 1 sack, 17 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss. Currently backup defensive tackle for Indianapolis Colts. 

2015: Trenton Thompson DT Albany, Georgia. 1st ranked national, 1st best DT, 1st best in the state of Georgia. Played 3 seasons at Georgia (2015-2017). Undrafted in 2018, never played in NFL. Currently plays for Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL (Canadian football League). 

From 2010-2015:

Drafted in NFL Draft (4): Andrew Brown, Eddie Vanderdoes, Mario Edwards, and Dominique Easley

Super Bowl Champion (2): Dominique Easley and Anthony Johnson

Currently on NFL Roster (2): Andrew Brown and Mario Edwards

The top DT prospects from 2010-2015 did not have any success in their post-college careers. Only 2 players are currently on NFL rosters, and none of the prospects are starting in the NFL today. Dominique Easley and Anthony Johnson both won the Super Bowl in 2014, but neither played in the game. DT is a premier position in the NFL, but from 2010-2015 the number 1 recruit was not the right choice in the NFL Draft.

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