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Patriots sign first-round draft pick DL Dominique Easley; Sign OL Chris Martin

New England Patriots Chairman & CEO Robert Kraft and President Jonathan Kraft introducted first round pick Dominique Easley to media and presented him with the ceremonial #1 jersey at Gillette Stadium on Monday, May 12, 2014.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today the signing of first-round draft choice, DL Dominique Easley. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

In addition, the Patriots signed rookie free agent OL Chris Martin.

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Easley, 22, was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft with the 29th selection overall out of Florida. The 6-foot-2, 288-pounder started in 26 of 32 games over his four year career and finished with 81 total tackles, 5 ½ sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass defensed.

After appearing in six games as a true freshman in 2010, Easley was a full-time starter in 2011 and 2012 and was elected a team-captain as a senior in 2013. He was limited to just three games as a senior.

Martin, 24, originally signed with the Houston Texans as a rookie free agent out of Central Florida on May 16, 2014 but was released on May 27, 2014. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder played in 46 games with 27 starts at both tackle positions as well as four starts at tight end. As a senior in 2013, Martin played in all 13 games with 11 starts at right tackle and two at left tackle and earned All-American Athletic Conference second team honors.

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