Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Marcus Easley

Buffalo Bills Career

When Buffalo selected Easley, he became the first Connecticut football player to ever be drafted by the Bills. He also became the first Connecticut wide receiver drafted into the NFL.

Unfortunately for Easley, the two tidbits above are Easley’s only NFL accomplishments.

In his rookie season, Easley was placed on the injured reserve in August with a knee injury.

Additionally, Easley had to deal with the NFL lockout leading up to the 2011 season.

“As crazy as it sounds, nothing ever went as planned for me pretty much my whole career,” Easley told the Hartford Courant regarding his knee injury and the lockout. “It’s yet just another obstacle for me to overcome.”

Easley’s streak of bad luck continued in September 2011 when Easley was placed on the injured reserve with a heart ailment. The team had hoped to give Easley an expanded role with the team, but it never came to fruition.

Easley finally stayed healthy in 2012, but his roster spot was no longer safe. Easley made it all the way to final cuts, but was not named to the 53-man roster.

Easley’s Bills career was not over, however, as the team placed him on their practice squad. In November, Easley was promoted to the main roster. Easley’s biggest moment of the season was a 55-yard kickoff return against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished the season with three games played and two kickoff returns for 75 combined yards, but no catches.

Heading into his fourth NFL season, Easley still does not have a regular season reception under his belt.

Former general manager Buddy Nix said Easley was someone the team still thought highly of at this year’s Bills pre-draft luncheon.

We are all excited about Marcus Easley. I say, ‘We all,’ I am. Marcus Easley being healthy for a year. This guy, if you want to draw one up, draw him up. He is 227 pounds and can run.

Regardless of the team’s optimism, Easley faces an uphill battle to make the roster in 2013. The Bills have plenty of talent at the wide receiver position with the likes of Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Da’Rick Rogers, Marquise Goodwin and Brad Smith among others. With the team likely keeping six wide receivers at most, Easley will battle Smith, Dorin Dickerson, Kevin Elliott, Chris Hogan and Brandon Kaufman for the final spot.

BBD writer Joseph Curtis included Easley as one of the Buffalo Bills with questions to answer this offseason.

Final Grade: F

Unlike Torell Troup, who received an incomplete, I have to give Easley an F.

Easley is not being penalized for his injuries. The main reason for failing Easley is that the team cut him in 2012. Clearly, the team did not feel that Easley was worth a spot on its original 53-man roster last season. To make matters worse for Easley, no other team even attempted to sign Easley off the Bills’ practice squad.

There is still a chance that Easley turns into a competent wide receiver in the NFL. However, his time with the Bills may be running out.

Previous 2010 NFL Draft Grades:

C.J. Spiller, RB

Torell Troup, DT

Alex Carrington, DE

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Tags: 2010 NFL Draft, Connecticut Huskies, Draft Grades, Marcus Easley, UConn

2 Responses to “Grading the Buffalo Bills’ 2010 NFL Draft: Marcus Easley”

  1. Carl Burton says:

    At the time of Easley’s drafting, the Bills’ did not have Donald Jones and David Nelson on the roster “vying for playing time at wideout” as both WRs were part of the undrafted group that season. Easley was indeed property of the Bills BEFORE both Nelson and Jones. Also, going into that draft Johnson was NOT a starting WR with the team as he was entering his 3rd year and had a grand total of 12 catches and 112 yards and 2 TDs on his resume. I think that most fans thought, or at least hoped, that James Hardy would claim the starting spot opposite Evans going into that season. I did not even bother reading the rest of the article after seeing such mistakes contained within the first few sentences.

    • Ryan Talbot says:


      I appreciate any and all feedback.

      The article was simply stating who was competing for playing time in 2010. Easley was certainly a part of the Bills before Jones and Nelson, as both joined as undrafted free agents.

      The “at the time of drafting Easley” was a poor choice of words.

      As for Johnson, he earned the starting job in 2010 alongside Lee Evans and although he only had 12 catches, he was mentioned as a favorite to win the job.

      James Hardy was cut on September 4th of the 2010 season, hence why he wasn’t mentioned. You mention that Johnson only had 12 catches entering 2010, but that was two more than Hardy had (Yes, I am aware that he was injured).

      We’ll work on our word choice in the future.

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