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Kony Ealy | Defensive End

Team: Missouri Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275

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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Dallas likely would have selected Missouri DE Kony Ealy at No. 47 and LSU OG Trai Turner at No. 78 if it hadn't have traded both picks to Washington for No. 34, used on Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence.
"I would say that Ealy was probably our next pick. Sometimes what you read isn't always true, in terms of the (Timmy) Jernigans of the world and people like that -- we really didn't have him in that mix," Jones said. "We really felt like we needed some help at the right end after losing DeMarcus (Ware)." The Panthers took Ealy at No. 60 overall, and Carolina also selected Turner at No. 92. "We gave up, probably, what would have been a starting-type player ... we probably would have ended up, believe it or not, picking another guard there. There was a guard where we were going to pick there, Trai Turner from LSU, that we liked a lot," Jones said. Wed, May 14, 2014 10:24:00 PM

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Panthers selected Missouri DE Kony Ealy with the No. 60 overall pick.

The Panthers stop Ealy's slide. Ealy (6-foot-4, 273) was a two-year starter for the Tigers before turning pro, recording 14 career sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss with four forced fumbles. He ran 4.92 at the Combine, with a 31-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. Ealy lacks explosive edge-rush ability and may be best suited as a hold-the-point left end, bulking up to fill out his frame. He certainly has length, with 34 1/4-inch arms. Ealy was actually a more effective interior rusher at Mizzou, and drew a pre-draft comparison to Seahawks star DE/DT Michael Bennett from NFL Films' Greg Cosell. He'll fill the No. 3 end role in Carolina and could see snaps on the interior on passing downs. RE Greg Hardy is currently playing on the franchise tag.
Fri, May 9, 2014 09:16:00 PM

An anonymous NFL scout trashed Missouri DL Kony Ealy to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, calling him a "con man."

"He thinks he's already an Aldon Smith-type player. Classic con man. I don't trust this kid. He will be just a big pain in the (expletive)," said one scout. "He's one of those 'let somebody else draft him' guys." Added another: "There's no outstanding traits about him other than he gives you some versatility in a bad (defensive-line) draft. He's a mess. Somebody's going to draft him because they need a defensive end and overdraft him." Ealy is supremely athletic and projectable, but he lacks hand and leg drive on contact. An overdraft does appear likely.
Tue, May 6, 2014 09:36:00 PM

New York Post's Bart Hubbuch reports that Missouri DL Kony Ealy has met the Falcons, Cowboys and Bears twice.

Its possible the above mentioned teams could have serious interest in the Tigers prospect,since two meetings could suggest strong interest. It's been rumored that some teams would like Ealy to bulk up to around 290 pounds. With Ealy's athleticism he could make use of his agility and change-of-direction ability on the inside in a 4-3. With that thought in mind, Ealy could get drafted higher than evaluators have projected.
Tue, May 6, 2014 04:58:00 PM

Some teams want Missouri DL Kony Ealy to add 15 pounds and play DT, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

It makes sense, as Ealy "wins" from the inside thanks to his change of direction ability and tendency to be heavier footed offensive linemen laterally. Ealy posted a very good 3-cone time at the Combine, best of the DL group, but he lacks hand and leg drive on contact. Teams could view Ealy as the next best three technique behind Aaron Donald.
Fri, May 2, 2014 11:18:00 AM

Missouri DL Kony Ealy will visit the Cowboys on Monday.

Ealy has frequently been mentioned among first-rounders since December, and although his production matches the projection, his overall play might not. Ealy lined up from a variety of spots and has very good movement skills for his size, but he does not generate a powerful punch or strong leg drive to work through blockers.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:26:00 AM

Three league talent evaluators interviewed by -- a scout for a NFC team, an executive in personnel from an AFC team and a scouting director from a NFC team -- were all complimentary towards Missouri's Kony Ealy.

"He’s got good size," said the personnel man. "He’s big, fast, strong. There’s a lot to work with there. Could he be a 3-4 linebacker? Yeah, he could, but I think he’s a 4-3 end. He’s a late first-round pick for sure." The AFC exec noted Ealy's struggles at the combine but called Ealy "a natural defensive end" who will "be OK." Meanwhile, the scout added: "I like him. He’s not Sheldon Richardson (the Jets’ first-round pick in 2013 out of Missouri). But he’s a good player." NFL Films' Greg Cosell said earlier this week that Ealy fits the NFL's current trend of finding base DEs that can shift inside on pass-rushing downs, a trait that could improve his draft stock.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 07:17:00 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Missouri's Kony Ealy and UNC's Kareem Martin fit the NFL's current trend of finding base DEs that can shift inside on pass-rushing downs.

Cosell mentioned Seattle's Michael Bennett as an example. The analyst believes Ealy will get drafted before Martin because he's more explosiveness, but Cosell is a big fan of Martin's strength. Host Ross Tucker commented that these players "save a roster spot" by their capability of performing two functions for the price of one. Ealy and Martin could perhaps go a little higher than anticipated because of this notion.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 08:51:00 PM

After meeting with the Rams last week, Missouri DL Kony Ealy has four other visitations scheduled before the draft, reports's Gil Brandt.

The identity of those teams was not revealed, but it isn't surprising that the league is evaluating the Tigers' lineman closely. "Has chance to go higher than first thought," Brandt wrote cryptically. We'd let someone else take the risk, as Ealy lacks punching power in his hands and the requisite athletic violence when forced to switch to a counter move.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:17:00 PM

Missouri DL Kony Ealy visited the Rams this week.

This does not count as one of the Rams 30 visits, since Ealy is a local product. We doubt the team would add another edge rusher, unless it is Jadeveon Clowney. Ealy did win from the inside in sub-package situations, something that other ends on the Rams' roster do not offer.
Sat, Apr 5, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Missouri DL Kony Ealy was worked out by the Panthers on Tuesday, according to's Gil Brandt.

The Falcons are doing the same on Wednesday. These are on-campus workouts and do not count against the team's limit of visits. Ealy posted a lot of production in 2013 and played as a stand up rusher, defensive end and defensive tackle, but he tended to lack power in his hands and violence to win on counter moves. He did, however, post the best 3-cone time among DL.
Tue, Apr 1, 2014 02:50:00 PM

Missouri edge player Kony Ealy compares to Seahawks DE Michael Bennett, says Greg Cosell of NFL Films.

Like Bennett, Cosell sees in Ealy a DE in 4-3 sets who will shift inside for nickel and dime packages. "He's a pretty athletic kid," said Cosell. "I wouldn't necessarily call him explosive. He'll need work to become a true pass rusher, but I think he has the kind of size, movement and athleticism that teams look for."
Thu, Mar 6, 2014 09:41:00 PM

Former NFL scout Russ Lande believes Michael Sam "jumped off film" more than Missouri edge player Kony Ealy.

"Four games in (and) I do not see the hype for Kony Ealy to be a high draft pick. Michael Sam jumped off film more in games evaluated," Lande tweeted. While Ealy didn't put up as many sacks (9.5 to 11.5) or take home as many awards as Sam, some evaluators see Ealy as the better pro prospect. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock sees Ealy as a 4-3 DE rather than an OLB at the next level. Our own Josh Norris is not yet sold on Ealy in a two point stance or as a top-25 prospect.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews mentioned Missouri edge player Kony Ealy when asked about the toughest DEs he faced in 2013.

"I thought Kony Ealy was really good at Missouri," Matthews said. "Real aggressive. Big and strong. Mixed up his pash-rush moves real well." Matthews might not be so generous when he hears that Ealy told the media about the pair's trash-talking. "And that's not like him, so I took him out of his comfort zone," Ealy said. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of the Mizzou product: "I ended up liking him more than I expected to. I think he's a 4-3 defensive end; I don't really think he's an outside linebacker. ... He's not quite as athletic as Aldon Smith. But I think he's a little more physical, a little better against the run."
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Missouri edge player Kony Ealy recorded an official 4.92 forty at the NFL Combine.

Ealy's two unofficial times were 4.84 seconds and had two 10 yard splits of 1.66 and 1.72 seconds. Ealy has flashed from the outside and inside, and some have even suggested he could move into a two point stance in the NFL. Our own Josh Norris is not sold, though.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 01:12:00 PM