2014 NFL Draft: Mizzouri DE Kony Ealy

We look at Tigers defensive end Kony Ealy. Would you be interested in him at the 14th overall pick?

Today we're going to take a look at a likely first-round defensive end in Mizzouri's Kony Ealy. With the Bears needing to beef up their pass rush (and defensive line overall), they signed defensive end Lamarr Houston and defensive end Willie Young, but a player like Ealy could give them a little additional youth to develop, as well as fill the void created in part by the departure of Shea McClellin to linebacker.

Ealy might give some fans a McClellin flashback (primarily a pass-rusher, scheme versatility), but Ealy is a little bigger and heavier than McClellin (6'5", 275 versus McClellin's 6'3" 260) as well as played in a tougher conference (the SEC versus Boise State's annual destruction of the lesser MWC).

Ealy finished the 2013-14 season with 30 solo tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and an interception for a touchdown (stats not including bowl games). His teammate Michael Sam got the conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year honor, though Ealy's measureables are extremely interesting.

Ealy's weaknesses are his high pad level and discomfort in coverage, but he rushes the passer well through good speed, a few decent moves and counter-moves, and solid change-of-direction. He also gets his hands up well, deflecting 13 passes in his two seasons as a Mizzouri starter. CBS lists his comparable as Robert Quinn.

CBS mockers make this seem like it would be a slight overdraft for the Bears in round one, as they list the Cardinals (20), Broncos (31) and Saints (27) as his destination. WalterFootball has him also to the Saints.

With the DE market being a little light (with most notably Jadaveon Clowney, Khalil Mack and Anthony Barr ahead of him), would you be upset if the Bears took Ealy at 14?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Join Windy City Gridiron

You must be a member of Windy City Gridiron to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Windy City Gridiron. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker