Road to the Draft: Missouri's Kony Ealy

Road to the Draft: Missouri's Kony Ealy
April 23, 2014, 9:45 am
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30 for 29: This is the sixteenth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

6-4, 273 pounds, 12/21/91

 
STATS

2013: 43 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 6 passes defensed, 1 INT, 3 forced fumbles

2012: 37-10-3.4 7 passes defensed, one forced fumble

2011: 16-3-1


SCOUTING REPORT

First-team All-SEC as a junior, declared early. Was a redshirt freshman out of New Madrid HS in Missouri.  Played at both end positions at Missouri.

 
TO THE GOOD

Long frame and very loose with excellent ability to sink and change direction as his Combine-best time in the three-cone drill (among defensive linemen) demonstrated. Shows ability to drop in coverage and plays with good awareness around the line of scrimmage in both sniffing out screens and getting his hands up in the passing game if he hasn’t gotten to the quarterback. Knack for knocking it loose when he gets to the quarterback.

 
TO THE BAD

Put on more than 60 pounds during college career and still has a relatively narrow frame at the top which means he may be maxed out. He doesn’t play with great strength and is more reliant on speed and quickness rather than being able to bow up and hold his spot. Was a stat-oriented player on his arrival at Missouri who matured during his time there, according to his coaches.
 

PATRIOT FRIENDLY?

The right defensive end spot is manned by Chandler Jones and he’s not going anywhere. He is a good comp for Ealy in terms of showing how a long-levered player can still play with strength against offensive linemen when necessary. On the left defensive end is Rob Ninkovich, a terrific combo defensive end in that he can play with strength in the running game and get after the quarterback. If Ealy shows enough promise to be able to play with strength, he’d be an option at No. 29. He has played against very good competition in the SEC but he remains a bit of a developmental player.

 
MOCKED UP

Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com -No. 20, Arizona

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com - No. 29, New England

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com - No. 24, Cincinnati