While Michael Sam’s NFL Draft stock continues to fall following his poor Scouting Combine performance, his teammate’s, defensive end Kony Ealy, continues to take a climb. Many experts already have him pegged as a late first-round pick this May, signaling that he might be ready to take the field immediately. He could be so good, that NFL Films producer Greg Cosell recently compared him to Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
“I think that Ealy is probably similar to (Bennett) in the way that he’d be utilized in the NFL. A defensive end in the base 4-3 front, who probably moves inside to defensive tackle in the nickel four-man front, or the dime four-man front,” Cosell told Midday 180 Radio. “I think that’s the kind of player he is. He’s a pretty athletic kid. I wouldn’t necessarily call him explosive, he’ll need work to become a true pass rusher. But I think he’s got the kind of size, movement, athleticism that most teams look for.”
This comparison is interesting in the sense that Bennett will test the free agent market this year. Bennett and the team recently couldn’t come to terms, leaving the Seahawks open to draft Ealy to plug in that whole late in the first round, should Bennett decide to take his talents elsewhere.