Kony Ealy, Defensive End – Missouri
Ealy’s name has been attached to the Cowboys first round pick for a while now. Especially after the departure of Ware. But one big name in draft analysis is really down on Ealy. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as a third round pick! Kiper’s counterpart, Todd McShay, has Kony dropping into the second round in his latest mock draft as well. Still, many experts have Ealy as the second best defensive end in this draft, behind only South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. But they all agree he will be a project. In his final year at Missouri, Ealy recorded 42 tackles, 14.0 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and 8.0 sacks.
Pros: Great size. (6’5, 275 lbs.) Full of potential. Natural pass rusher. Explosive player. Locker room leader. A Rod Marinelli quick-twitch athlete.
Cons: Will need time to develop. Plays with too much finesse. Occasionally gives up early.