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Kony Ealy | Defensive Lineman

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (22) / 12/21/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 275
College: Missouri
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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. May 29 - 4:29 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, replacing suspended Frank Alexander, and could see snaps on the interior on passing downs. RE Greg Hardy is currently playing on the franchise tag.
May 9 - 9:14 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.
May 9 - 2:52 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.
May 8 - 3:05 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.
May 6 - 10:18 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.
May 2 - 11:05 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.
Feb 24 - 9:41 AM

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