Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/1stC...DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2012: NA
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05/13/14 - 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
05/12/14 - The Panthers had more pressing issues of need than at defensive end. But general manager Dave Gettleman followed up on his promise to draft from the top of his board, no matter the position. When Carolina went on the clock at No. 60 overall, they wasted no time handing in their card for Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy. "(He) was the highest-rated guy on the board at that point. It was the same as last year when we took KK (Kawann Short) in the second round. KK was a first-round value for us and you just can't pass up good football players," Gettleman said. "I think the 2013 season showed that for a quarterback it's very difficult to throw the ball when you're on your back and it's a big part of it. He was too good a value to pass up."
One of the reasons the Panthers were interested in Ealy is he doesn't have just one spot. He's big enough and strong enough to slide inside on passing downs, flexibility Carolina's incumbent ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy have provided in recent seasons. But Johnson is scheduled to make $16.42 million this year and $17.42 million in 2015. Hardy, who was given the franchise tag, will earn $13.1 million, and a long-term deal before the season remains unlikely. So while the Panthers may not necessarily need Ealy right now, this pick may have been made with a future without the pricing Johnson or Hardy in mind. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: 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
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 35/4. *Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, 6-4, 273, 4.84, 1-2...Former high school standout as tight end, defensive end and a Missouri all-state basketball player. That athleticism is conspicuous in his overall play, especially his burst off the line, quick spin moves and closing speed on whomever has the ball. Will need to improve arm and hand strength to disengage big blockers, evidenced by his so-so 22 reps with 225 pounds on the bench at the combine. Some teams are considering him as a possible linebacker and he showed decent lateral agility in games and at combine, where his 3-cone drill was fastest among defensive linemen (7.11 seconds). Frankly: Solid, reliable but unless he works on strength and technique he may fall short of spectacular at next level against steady diet of great athletes. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
05/07/14 - Five players who should be on Atlanta's draft radar...DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: If Atlanta doesn't address the pass rush in the first round, there's a good chance they do in the second round with the 37th pick. Ealy had his best season in 2013 as a junior, finishing second on the Tigers behind Michael Sam in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (14.5). He has NFL size, build and length, working hard to fill out his frame with an all-around ability reminiscent of a first round player. Ealy has active hands, but doesn't use them correctly, allowing him to be neutralized at the point of attack. He displays very smooth athleticism for his size with the movement skills and pass rush athleticism to disrupt the pocket from the edges or kicked inside as a 3-technique, but still very raw in several areas, mostly his instincts and recognition skills. Ealy might need some time to adjust to the NFL game, but presents a good value in the second round. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com