Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) forces a fumble against Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) during the first quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Missouri Tigers defensive end Kony Ealy declares for draft


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.

Ealy is projected as a first round pick and is the ninth rated prospect, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.

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.    

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