Posted: 6:00 am Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Falcons draft board: Missouri DE Kony Ealy 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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

School: Missouri

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.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

17 comments
BRAVES2143
BRAVES2143

"They can’t take him with sixth pick and he may likely be gone by the time their second-round pick rolls around."


The Falcons have 4 guys that they want, Clowney, Mack, Matthews, Robinson and in reality they should be able to get one of these with the 6th pick.    BUT if for some crazy reason the draft got screwed up (considering Oakland is picking 5th anything is possible) this young man is their back-up trade down plan.  Not a bad pick if it came to that but not your first choice. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

"4.92 seconds in the 40-yard dash."

No.  Too slow for a DE in the NFL

You can't teach or "coach up" speed and two of the top three LT's in the draft ran better 40's...carrying 30-50 pounds more weight!

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

I hope like every other Falcon fan they have a good draft, but I'm just not grasping how a collection of rookies is going to turn around this team in 2014. Can they be better? Possibly

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

We got an overrated over-paid defensive player from Mizzu......don't get another one.

St_Simons_he-ne-ha
St_Simons_he-ne-ha

Get Mack, or Robinson with #6, THEN trade up to get this guy. He's a baller.

devounknown1000
devounknown1000

OL STARTER


ASAMOAH, BLALOCK, #147 T LARSEN, #37 G JACKSON, #68 J MEWHORT


DL STARTER


#6 BARR, BAB, SOLIA, JACKSON, SPOON


GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOB
SOB

Have to agree with RandyFalcon here. This team and front office is chock full of "clowns" and we dang sure don't need another one.

RandyFalcon
RandyFalcon

Why does every article have the same picture of Clowney at the top? Are we that hung up on Clowney? Or just too lazy to change it to the person being discussed?  

slydawg
slydawg

Please hire me as your copywriter.

"He's the third-rated tight end ..."

JSSN
JSSN

I've always been suspect of Missouri talent since the arrival of Weatherspoon and Moore. However, Ealy has every tool in his basket. With a competent strength and conditioning regime, he has all the upside range to be like Avril or a Bennett. It is up to him, if he puts a quality support structure around himself beyond what some drafting team may provide. 

slydawg
slydawg

@JSSN The upside of Bennett and Avril ain't much but it's more talent than what's on the current roster.T

JSSN
JSSN

@slydawg

Seriously, even in Tampa after going undrafted and having to develop, Bennett improved and made himself into a force. Cliff Arvil walked off the stage at Purdue ready to play. You don't get "Franchise" tagged for being "ain't much." You don't think of as they are now (which is eons beyond anything on the Falcons roster), but where they were when their draft's occurred. Versatility and production, that is the strength of their success.

slydawg
slydawg

Allow me to clarify: They are very productive but with the discourse concentrating on talents such as Clowney, Mack, Barr, Ford, etc., greatness is being mentioned, whether it happens or not. Avril nor Bennett never fit that bill nor ever. But we are both agreed: productive is darn near HOFamer like in contrast to the current roster.