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Kony Ealy's date with St. Louis Rams more than average visit

Of all the visits Kony Ealy will be making to various NFL clubs over the next several weeks, the one to the St. Louis Rams Friday has to rank as a special one for the former Missouri defensive end.

And for the club, a unique one.

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For Ealy, it will more than likely seem like a childhood dream come true -- and not just to play in the NFL. As a St. Louis native, Ealy was a Rams fans as a child and hasn't been shy about saying how much he'd like to play there. For the Rams, it's a rare opportunity to not only host a prospect, but work him out, as well. According to stltoday.com, Ealy's visit doesn't count as one of the Rams' 30 allotted chances to host a player because Ealy lives locally. That reportedly means the club can work him out as well, which isn't permitted among the 30 "official" visitors. Given what Ealy accomplished at the NFL Scouting Combine and at his pro day, not much might be necessary in that department.

Ealy ran the best three-cone drill of any defensive lineman at the combine (6.83), and vastly improved his 40-yard dash time from the combine at Missouri's pro day. How Ealy might fit in the Rams' system, and what scenario would have to unfold for him to be chosen by St. Louis, are different questions entirely. With defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn combining for 27.5 sacks last year, Ealy's role in a Rams uniform might be as more of an inside presence -- and he has the versatility to do that.

The Rams' first three choices in the draft are overall picks No. 2, 13 and 44. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Ealy to be the No. 16 overall pick by the Cowboys, but Ealy is not currently in the first-round mocks of analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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