2015 NFL DRAFT

Kony Ealy, DE

School: Missouri  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: New Madrid, MO
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 273 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3541-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.842.781.6922 319'6"4.456.83
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.751.69- -10'00"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Oakland Raiders | #4
    The Raiders spent heavily on the defensive line in free agency but that won't keep them from adding a talented and versatile young defender like Ealy.
  • Atlanta Falcons | #5
    If the Falcons don't address the pass rush in the first round, look for them to do so here and Atlanta has shown interest in Ealy.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    I will keep him in this spot for now since they need to get an outside rusher in their 3-4.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #20
    Ealy has the talent to play on the edge and the size to move inside when the Cardinals want to slide the front around. For now he's in a rotation with Darnell Dockett and a year from now he's the man.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Ealy's athleticism jumps off the tape. Operating mostly at RDE for the Tigers, Ealy shows good initial quickness off the snap to force right tackles into respecting his speed rush, but saw time all over the defensive line and even as a stand-up linebacker. He has a quick spin move back to the inside to complement his speed and has developing pass-rush technique, including an over-arm swim and a power slap. Perhaps best of all, Ealy possesses the flexibility to turn the corner efficiently and closes quickly, demonstrating the ability to rip the ball free from the quarterback with a powerful chop or with an explosive collision. Impressive straight-line acceleration for a man of his size. Good recognition to get his hands into passing lanes when he can't get to the quarterback. Times his leap well and long arms and good hand-eye coordination. Undeniable upside.

WEAKNESSES: Ealy is prone to coming off the snap too high, making himself vulnerable to cut blocks and is a more effective pass rusher than run defender, at this time. While possessing the burst and balance to attack off the edge out of the two-point stance, Ealy looks uncomfortable dropping back into coverage and offers minimal experience in this area. Has been surrounded by a lot of talent at Missouri and may struggle early in the NFL if expected to be the star...

COMPARES TO: Robert Quinn, St. Louis Rams - Considering that Quinn finished second in the NFL with 19 sacks in 2013, he's a tough comparison for any rookie but there is no denying Ealy's upside. He boasts the length, burst and developing technique that every scout is looking for off the edge. If he continues to develop his game, Pro Bowls are in his future.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

While teammate Michael Sam earned the attention as the SEC's Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, Ealy possesses the higher upside and will earn the significantly greater interest on draft day due to his exciting combination of size, athleticism and scheme versatility.

Ealy signed with Missouri after earning offers from Nebraska, Arkansas and Mississippi, among others. He served as a member of the Scout Team as a freshman and logged 13 tackles in 12 games in 2011, including the first start of his career (Baylor), before breaking out as a big play specialist in 2012, recording 10 tackles for loss among his 37 stops. He followed this up with 43 stops, including 14.5 for loss and 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2013 to earn All-SEC honors. He capped off his career with six tackles, including two sacks against Oklahoma State in a Cotton Bowl win.

Ealy's length and burst off the edge are his most exciting traits but don't overlook his instincts against the pass. In two seasons as a starter, Ealy defended 13 passes, showing the instincts and athleticism to wreak havoc against quarterbacks in more ways than one. Proponents of the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes alike will appreciate that ability to generate turnovers.

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: CAROLINA PANTHERS: Round 2/60 -- Kony Ealy, DE, 6-4, 273, Missouri...General manager Dave Gettleman said he was shocked Ealy was still on the board when the Panthers were on the clock at No. 60. Many considered Ealy a first-round pick, and Carolina was more than happy to stop his curious fall even though it wasn't for a position of need. - The Sports Xchange
 

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