Each morning, from now until the draft starts on May 8, we’ll do a short profile of a player who’s on the Falcons’ Draft Board. We’ll focus on team-needs, possible selections, players the Falcons have worked out and/or interviewed, etc. The Falcons own 10 picks in this draft. Today we’ll look at Missouri DE Kony Ealy, who worked out for the Falcons in Columbia, Mo. on April 2.
Player: Kony Ealy
Position: Defensive end
Height and weight: 6-4, 273
Combine numbers: 4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash; 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press; 31-inch vertical; 9-6 broad jump and 6.83 in the three-cone drill.
Projected Round: He’s the third-rated defensive end in the draft and projected to be selected in the first or second round by NFLDraftScout.com.
Career Highlights: He was a first team all-SEC selection after starting all 14 games last season. He recorded 23.5 sacks and 52 tackles for loss over his career.
Quotes: “To be honest with you, and it might sound a little cocky, but I believed that I could be a first-round pick when I first got to Mizzou. My strength coach will tell you, I was in his ear every day and he told me things I needed to hear and things I didn’t want to hear and it helped mold me into the young man that I am today.”
Falcons level on interest: With coach Mike Smith talking about winning the line of scrimmage, the Falcons interest in a stout defender with Ealy’s skills is very high. However, he may be the dark zone where the Falcons may miss him. They can’t take him with sixth pick and he may likely be gone by the time their second-round pick rolls around.
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