Missouri Tigers defensive end Kony Ealy declared for the 2014 NFL draft in a postgame interview after Missouri knocked off the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
Kony Ealy says he’s entering the NFL Draft: “I feel like it is time for me to go on to the next level. I love everything about Mizzou.”
— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) January 4, 2014
Ealy is projected as a first round pick and is the ninth rated prospect, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
Kony Ealy declares for NFL draft in post-game interview. Top 10 talent. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 4, 2014
The 6-5, 275-pound Ealy finished his season with 9.5 sacks including two in the Cotton Bowl win. He has made a habit of living in opposing team’s backfields of late.
He was overshadowed during the first half of the regular season by his teammate Michael Sam who was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, but when Sam faded down the stretch it was Ealy who proved his worth by making a number of disruptive plays.
What will help Ealy in the draft process is his versatility as he can play as an end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 front and in a 4-3 defense can slide inside on passing situations and rush the quarterback from the three-technique defensive tackle spot.