In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of defensive end/outside linebacker Kony Ealy.
Name: Kony Ealy
Weight: 273 pounds
Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker
Kony Ealy has played predominately at defensive end over his career. However, based on his skillset and production at the collegiate level, there are many who believe he’ll be equally effective as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. That is why all 32 NFL teams are doing their due diligence on the Missouri Tiger star.
Ealy was a First Team All-SEC selection in 2013, recording 43 tackles, 9.5 sacks and one interception. He had standout games against Indiana and Kentucky, highlighted by a 49-yard pick six against the Hoosiers and a career-high three sacks against the Wildcats. Equally impressive is how Ealy plays under the bright lights as he tied a season-high with six tackles and two sacks in the AT&T Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State. For his career, Ealy notched 93 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and 13 passes defensed.
The 6-4, 273-pounder is an outstanding pass-rusher who constantly brings the heat to the passer. He’s a blur off the snap who closes fast on the quarterback with a bevy of moves. Ealy is also capable of dropping back into coverage, which is rare for a player of his size. Not only is he successful defending the pass, Ealy is underrated against the run. He is stout setting the edge while quick enough to fill the hole to bring down the ball carrier.
While he possesses top notch speed, draft experts claim he needs to bulk up and add some strength. That shouldn’t be too difficult under NFL team’s strength and conditioning programs, so it’s no wonder why Ealy’s name is being thrown about as one of the top pass rushers available in the NFL draft.
40-yard Dash: 4.92
Bench Press: 22 reps
Vertical Jump: 31.0 inches
Broad Jump: 114.0 inches
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