"He's already started walking and started the rehab," Santanello said. "He is very, very happy. Everything is going smooth."
Easley was eligible for a medical redshirt after tearing his ACL that would have allowed him to return to UF in 2014, but coach Will Muschamp said at the time that the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Easley had opted to move onto the NFL. Although undersized for an interior defensive lineman in the NFL, Easley's quickness is highly-regarded among NFL scouts. He played some at defensive end in his college career, a position that could also suit him at the next level.
"Talking to some scouts, he showed some of the most explosive first steps anyone had seen on the D-line in college in a long time," Santanello said. "He's on track to be right there again. He's not worried. He's a pretty confident kid."
Easley has roughly a four-month window between surgery and the combine, not enough time for full rehabilitation of such an injury, but enough to make significant progress. Each year, the combine brings together 300-plus prospects to Indianapolis for a variety of physical, mental and personal testing to help NFL clubs with evaluations. Many players, particularly those coming off injuries, choose to participate on only a limited basis.