Data Scout Notes: 2013: NAC/1stC...DS#1PSTeamProspect-RRang...2012: NA
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03/26/14 - Michael Sam, Kony Ealy improve 40 times at Missouri pro day...Ealy ran in the mid-4.6s on Thursday, a vast improvement over the 4.92 time from the combine. One report had Ealy timed at 4.57 seconds, which would be a personal record. NFLDraftScout.com's No. 22 overall prospect, he could be in play as early as No. 10 to the Detroit Lions, where head coach Jim Caldwell could form a tag team of edge rushers in Ziggy Ansah and Ealy in the mold of his Colts tandem, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
The Chicago Bears (14) and Dallas Cowboys (16) would also be natural fits for Ealy. NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang projects Ealy to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 20, while fellow analyst Dane Brugler has him going to the Denver Broncos at No. 31 in their current Mock Drafts. - The Sports Xchange
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 17. *Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri, 6-5, 275, 4.77, 1...Former high school standout as tight end and defensive end and was a Missouri all-state basketball player. All that athleticism is conspicuous in his overall play, including burst off the line, quick spin moves and closing speed on whoever has the ball. Will need to improve arm and hand strength to be able to disengage big blockers at the next level. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/04/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Pass rusher Kony Ealy adds his name to draft class...Missouri junior defensive end Kony Ealy made it official Friday night after the Cotton Bowl, revealing he would skip his senior year to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Ealy is rated as the No. 3 draft-eligible defensive end for the 2014 class and the No. 24 prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com. The 6-5, 275-pound pass rusher projects as a first round prospect. A two-year starter, Ealy finished the season second on the team behind Michael Sam in sacks with 8.5, but he projects as the better NFL prospect. He did lead Missouri in forced fumbles (3) and quarterback hurries (16), setting career-bests across the board in 2013.
Ealy is built well for an edge rusher and wins with his quick first step, length to engage and rip and the hand strength to powerfully finish tackles. He is still developing as a run defender and needs to improve his ball awareness to better set the edge and shed consistently vs. the run. A versatile athlete, Ealy can win using speed off the edge and quickness to penetrate as an interior rusher. He's just scratching the surface of his ability and should continue to improve with his pass rush moves. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/04/14 - Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy is bypassing his senior season for the NFL draft. Ealy said Friday night after the No. 9 Tigers' 41-31 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl that he felt it was time "to go on to the next level." An All-SEC pick, the 6-foot-5 Ealy had six tackles and two sacks in his final game, pushing his season total to 9½ sacks. "I love my teammates. I love my coaches," Ealy said. "I've gone from a boy to a man here." He had 14 sacks in 38 career games for the Tigers. - AP Sports
12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: DE - Kony Ealy (Tie), Missouri, 6-5, 275, Jr,...Ealy joined line mate Sam as one of the most disruptive pairs of bookends in the nation, as he added 7.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in 2013. Ealy forced a pair of fumbles in Saturday's SEC Championship Game, one of which was returned for a touchdown in the second quarter by Gaines. - Missouri football