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Kony Ealy | Defensive Lineman | #94

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 2 (60) / CAR
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Panthers DC Sean McDermott called 2016 "a big year" for DE Kony Ealy.
Following the retirement of Jared Allen, Ealy is expected to take over at right end. The 2014 second-rounder has had an up-and-down career, but he shined in the Super Bowl with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble. If Ealy takes an expected leap this year, he would become an extension candidate next offseason. Jul 16 - 10:58 AM

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Kony Ealy is expected to take over at right defensive end following Jared Allen's retirement.

The 2014 second-rounder has had an inconsistent career, but Ealy flashed in a big way in the Super Bowl. He recorded three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in limited snaps and likely would have taken home the MVP if Carolina had pulled out the win. The Panthers believe Ealy can have a career similar to that of CB Josh Norman, who struggled to play within the system before breaking out two years ago. If they are right, Carolina's front seven should remain dominant for the foreseeable future.
Source: ESPN
Feb 18 - 12:46 PM

Panthers DE Kony Ealy became the first player in Super Bowl history to record multiple sacks and an interception and tied the single-game sack record with three.

If the Panthers somehow managed to pull off the win, Ealy would've had a very strong case for MVP honors. He was the Panthers' answer to Von Miller, as both pass rushers dominated off the edge. Ealy, the 2014 second-rounder, has been slow to develop, but his SB50 performance and Jared Allen's likely retirement has Ealy looking like a projected starter in 2016.
Feb 12 - 9:59 AM

With Charles Johnson (hamstring) sidelined, Kony Ealy will play left defensive end for the Panthers.

Jared Allen, who was acquired Monday from the Bears, will play on the right side. The switch suggests the Panthers expect to be without Johnson for the foreseeable future. Ealy has zero sacks through three games, but he has stood up well against the run.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:15:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera confirmed Kony Ealy is the starting right defensive end.

The Panthers have been searching for a bookend for Charles Johnson since placing Greg Hardy on the commissioner's exempt list Week 2 of last season. A 2014 second-rounder, Ealy struggled with consistency as a rookie but still managed four sacks on limited snaps. He should have a much bigger role this time around.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 08:43:00 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Kony Ealy will be the team's starting right defensive end.

With Frank Alexander (Achilles) done for the year, Ealy solidified his spot in the starting lineup with two sacks in as many games. The 2014 second-round pick recorded four sacks in limited snaps last season, but he struggled against the run and did not consistently pressure the quarterback. With little quality depth at defensive end, the Panthers need Ealy to take a step forward.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Second-round pick DE Kony Ealy is expected to play a bigger role with Frank Alexander out for the season.

Alexander suffered a torn Achilles in Saturday's preseason game against Miami. Ealy forced a Ryan Tannehill fumble in Saturday's win, though the Dolphins recovered it. The 23-year-old from Mizzou is expected to start opposite Charles Johnson in Carolina's 4-3 scheme.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Panthers signed No. 60 overall pick DE Kony Ealy to a four-year contract.

Ealy (6-foot-4, 273 pounds) drew Michael Bennett comparisons in the run up to the draft. He'll slide in as the Panthers' No. 3 defensive end. He could see snaps on the interior on passing downs.
Thu, May 29, 2014 04:29:00 PM

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, replacing suspended Frank Alexander, and could see snaps on the interior on passing downs. RE Greg Hardy is currently playing on the franchise tag.
Fri, May 9, 2014 09:14:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says to "watch the Cowboys on Kony Ealy" in the middle of the second round.

According to Rapsheet, the Cowboys are looking to make a "big move up" on Friday. Dallas' interest in Ealy has been pretty well known since early in the pre-draft process. Rotoworld's Evan Silva has Ealy going 47th overall to the Cowboys in his second-day mock draft, though there are obviously no guarantees Ealy will last that long. Leading up to Thursday night's first round, the Union-Tribune San Diego expected Ealy to be in play for the Chargers at No. 25 overall.
Fri, May 9, 2014 02:52:00 PM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the Chargers could be interested in Missouri DE Kony Ealy at No. 25.

A 6-foot-4, 273-pound rush end, Ealy has the ability to kick inside. He's a real candidate to come off the board on day one in a draft lacking D-Line depth.
Thu, May 8, 2014 03:05:00 PM

An NFL scout called Missouri DE Kony Ealy a "classic con man" who is "one of those 'let somebody else draft him' guys."

"He thinks he's already an Aldon Smith-type player," the scout said. "Classic con man. I don't trust this kid. He will be just a big pain in the (expletive). He's one of those 'let somebody else draft him' guys." A second scout called Ealy a "mess," while another said he could be a successful NFL player "if you got the right kind of coaching and put a boot into him." Ealy's versatility is appealing, but he's a candidate to be overdrafted in a weak defensive-line class.
Tue, May 6, 2014 10:18:00 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports some teams want Missouri DE Kony Ealy to pack on 15 pounds and switch him to defensive tackle.

Ealy tipped the scales at 6-foot-4 and 273 pounds at February's Combine weigh-in and has drawn some comparisons to Chris Long and Michael Bennett. Both NFLers have the ability to kick inside on pass-rushing downs. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently praised Ealy's ability to do the same. His versatility will make him more attractive on draft day. Ealy could go on day one.
Fri, May 2, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Missouri DE Kony Ealy clocked forty times of 4.84 and 4.84 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ealy is widely credited for attracting all of the attention from opposing offenses that allowed less-talented teammate Michael Sam to post a high volume of sacks. He's NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock's No. 2 defensive end prospect, behind only Jadeveon Clowney. Mayock projects Ealy (6'4/273) as a 4-3 left end, not unlike St. Louis' Chris Long. Long is a bit more athletic, however.
Mon, Feb 24, 2014 09:41:00 AM

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