- 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 15 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri...I've received a lot of questions in recent weeks why I decided to include Ealy in my first round mock drafts. And my answer, plain and simple, is he has first round tools. And in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday vs. Auburn, Ealy showed those skills, finishing with five tackles, one sack and a game-high three tackles for loss, adding a pair of forced fumbles in the first quarter that gave Missouri some early momentum. He is built well for an edge pass rusher and wins with a quick first step, length to engage and rip, and the hand strength to powerfully finish tackles.
As disruptive as he is as a rusher, Ealy is still developing as a run defender and needs to improve his awareness to better set the edge and shed to be consistent against the run. Although he doesn't have the same production as his teammate Michael Sam, Ealy is the more attractive NFL prospect because of the tools and he has first round ability for the 2014 class if he decides to skip his senior season. The secret is out. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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An explosive playmaker who has a good combination of pass rush and run stop abilities ... Is coming off a very good sophomore season, and he'll be expected to continue that upward path after starting 10 games a year ago ... Opens spring camp listed atop the depth chart at one end position.
STRENGTHS: Ealy's athleticism jumps off the tape. Operating at LDE for the Tigers, Ealy showed good initial quickness off the snap to force right tackles into respecting his speed rush. He also has a quick spin move back to the inside to complement his speed. Perhaps best of all, when he gets a lane, Ealy closes quickly on the ball-carrier.
WEAKNESSES: Ealy is prone to coming off the snap too high, making himself vulnerable to cut blocks. He also spends too much time battling with blockers at the line of scrimmage, needing to improve his hand play to disengage quicker, as well as showing better awareness of where the ball is headed.