Photo of Kony Ealy
Drafted By: Panthers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 28
  • Overall 60

Combine Results

Grade
5.82 ?
  • 4.92 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.45 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think there's real value to that pick at No. 60. He was thought to be a first-round defensive end. However, there's a lack of consistency as you watch more game tape." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34 1/4" Arm Length
  • 273LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

His name is pronounced "COE-nee EE-lee." Was an all-state player in both football and basketball as a Missouri prep. Weighed 207 pounds when he arrived at Mizzou in 2010, redshirting as a freshman. Played in all 13 games in '11, including a start at defensive end at Baylor, and had 16 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack. Moved into the starting lineup at defensive end in '12, seeing action in 12 games (10 starts) and recording 37-10-3.5 with seven passes batted and one forced fumble. Was a first-team all-SEC selection in '13, starting all 14 games and totaling 43-14.5-9.5 with six passes batted, one interception and three forced fumbles. Scored his first college touchdown on a 49-yard interception return against Indiana.

Analysis

Strengths

Is long and has a big, projectable frame with room for added bulk. Quick off the snap. Loose athlete. Moves like a linebacker -- 6.83-second 3-cone drill paced defensive linemen at the combine. Plays on his feet. Runs the arc -- dips his shoulder, bends the corner and gets home. Closes fast on the quarterback. Can spin off blocks, redirect and chase the quarterback. Crashes down the line and ranges in pursuit. Flexible and coordinated to zone-drop. Has upside.

Weaknesses

Needs more time in the weight room. Still developing positional instincts and awareness to blocking schemes. Pad level is too high. Exposes his frame and gets locked up. Does not convert speed to power. Unrefined hand use, counters and pass-rush moves. Needs to learn to use his length advantageously. Does not provide enough resistance at the point of attack. Crumbles vs. double teams.

Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line

Big, athletic, ascending, pass-rush talent with the size, burst and flexibility to pressurize the edge as a right defensive end. Is not a finished product, particularly as a run defender, but should only become more disruptive as his strength, technique and savvy catch up with his natural physical ability. Could also draw looks as a 3-4 rush linebacker.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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