Kony Ealy DE Missouri #47
Size/Athleticism: Good blend of size, speed and all-around athleticism. Doesn’t have elite strength and frame doesn’t provide much room for growth.
Run Defense: A true playmaker against the run. Does a great job disengaging from blocks and fighting through the junk to pursue the ball carrier. Takes efficient angles and is fast enough to make some plays down the field in pursuit.
Pass Rush: Limited power, and can get stonewalled by stronger offensive linemen when trying to use his bull rush. But he has violent hands and is capable of disengaging to pursue an alternate angle. Tends to over-pursue and will get directed upfield beyond the pocket by savvy offensive tackles capable of matching his quickness off the snap. Does a nice job keeping his eyes on the quarterback and reacting to rollouts. Needs to develop an array of moves so that he doesn’t have to rely so heavily on his pure speed.
Versatility: Occasionally lined up at tackle, but lacks the power to excel in this role at the next level. At his best when lined up wide to give him space to gain momentum and choose angles as a pass-rusher. May be best suited standing up as a 3-4 linebacker.
Intangibles: Has a reputation as a leader on and off the field. Coaches and teammates speak highly of him.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Ealy isn’t an elite pass-rusher, which will be a significant knock against him in the eyes of some talent evaluators given the pass-heavy nature of today’s game. But he is extremely well rounded and a clear three-down lineman who can play immediately. His ability to make plays in pursuit will be considered a strong asset in certain schemes. His grades will range for each team, but he is worthy of first-round consideration if it’s a good scheme fit.