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Kony Ealy | Defensive End

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

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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. Apr 14 - 11:26 AM

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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.
Apr 13 - 7:17 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.
Apr 10 - 8:51 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.
Apr 7 - 10:17 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.
Apr 5 - 12:08 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.
Apr 1 - 2:50 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."
Mar 6 - 9:41 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.
Mar 5 - 2:44 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."
Mar 3 - 2:46 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.
Feb 24 - 1:12 PM

Missouri edge player Kony Ealy posted two unofficial forty times of 4.84 seconds at the NFL Combine.

Ealy recorded two 10 yard splits of 1.66 and 1.72 seconds. The Missouri pass rusher has generated a lot of buzz among many evaluators. Ealy has flashed from the outside and inside, and some have even suggested he could move into a two point stance in the NFL.
Feb 24 - 11:08 AM

Missouri DL Kony Ealy measured in at 6 foot 4 and 273 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Ealy also had 34 and 1/4 inch arms and 9 1/2 inch hands. Many are high on Ealy's NFL projection, with some saying he could stand up as an edge rusher, hand in the dirt defensive ends and interior pass rusher. Rotoworld's Josh Norris questions his hand use and leg drive to work through blockers, however.
Feb 22 - 1:04 PM

Missouri DL Kony Ealy is not quite as athletic as former Tiger Aldon Smith, but probably more physical, according to NFL Network's Mike Mayock.

Mayock added that the Chicago Bears, picking at No. 14, is not too early for Ealy. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has questioned the defensive lineman's projection, worrying that he does not win consistently enough with his hands when working through blockers and lacks strong leg drive to supplement that power. Still, there is a strong chance the NFL likes Ealy more than our draft analyst.
Feb 18 - 3:42 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Steve Muench is convinced Missouri DL Kony Ealy can play a stand up pass rushing role in a 3-4 scheme after watching his Florida tape.

Ealy showed "good instincts and range when dropped in that game," Muench tweeted. We aren't sure if we can share this sentiment. In fact, our own Josh Norris thinks Ealy might be at his best when rushing the passer from the interior in sub-package situations. The NFL could take Ealy's career in a variety of ways.
Feb 11 - 10:25 AM's Charles Davis believes Missouri DL Kony Ealy might project as a pass rushing outside linebacker in the NFL.

"Ealy finished the season a lot stronger than (Michael) Sam and, at this point, it looks like he has better potential at the next level, potentially as a 3-4 outside 'backer," Davis writes. Ealy's projection will likely be all over the board, but we see him more as a large defensive end who moves inside in sub-package situations. There is a chance he is a top-20 pick.
Jan 10 - 1:33 PM