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Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft: Is Kony Ealy An Option?


After signing Henry Melton in free agency, many have the Dallas Cowboys taking defensive end Kony Ealy with the 16th pick. During his time the University of Missouri, Ealy was second fiddle to Michael Sam. Sometimes, college prospects have a skillset that is better suited for the NFL rather than college. One of those players in this year’s draft is Ealy.

At 6’5″, 275 pounds, there is reason to like Ealy and his frame. Watching tape on him, he looks much faster than the 4.91 40-yard dash he posted at the NFL Scouting Combine. In his tape, he shows good quickness of the ball and he possesses a ton of athletic ability. One thing I noticed about Ealy are the angles he takes to get around tackles. He plays with a ton of bend, and that is something that is becoming popular in today’s NFL.

Based on athletic ability alone, Ealy has the potential to be a decent blindside pass rusher in the NFL. In recent years, defensive ends like Dion Jordan and Quinton Coples has risen up draft boards mainly because of their athleticism. Ealy will most likely be this year’s version of that guy who gets drafted a round or two early because of his athleticism.

Ealy would fill a viable need, but he is too hit-or-miss for my flavor. He is extremely raw, and he simply was not good against the run in college. As of now, Dallas’ starting defensive ends will be George Selvie and Jeremy Mincey. The Cowboys have yet to re-sign Anthony Spencer, and that tells me that he will be wearing a different uniform this upcoming season. With Rod Marinelli coaching him up, Ealy could become a great player in Big D, but he is nowhere near a finished product.

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  • David

    If they traded back 8 or so spots and got a 2nd or 3rd round pick Id be all for it..But not at 16.

    • Ryan Ratty

      I wouldn’t be upset for a tradeback. Thanks for reading, David.

      • David

        Anytime Ryan. This is one of my favorite times of the year.

        • Ryan Ratty

          Definitely. Mine too.

  • brian basile

    My Mock at fanspeak
    16
    S HA HA CLINTON-DIX
    ALABAMA
    47
    DE TRENT MURPHY
    STANFORD
    78
    DT DAQUAN JONES
    PENN STATE
    119
    G DAKOTA DOZIER
    FURMAN
    158
    QB BRETT SMITH
    WYOMING
    229
    WR DEVIN STREET
    PITTSBURGH
    231
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU
    238
    DE CHRIS MCCALLISTER
    BAYLOR
    248
    G RYAN GROY
    WISCONSIN
    251
    RB DRI ARCHER
    KENT STATE
    254
    RB HENRY JOSEY
    MISSOURI

    • Ryan Ratty

      Not that bad, Brian. I’m not a big fan of Trent Murphy though. Thanks for reading. Go Cowboys!

  • Ed

    Not only is Ealy an option, he’s very likely their first round selection after a trade down. Ealy, DT, Landry. Haven’t decided who the DT is just yet.

    • Ryan Ratty

      I like Sutton from Arizona State in the second round. Thanks for reading, Ed!

    • David

      So no safety?

  • David

    Ive done a bunch of mock drafts on fan speak. The one I just did had both Dix and Pryor off the board so I went with this board.
    1) Taylor Lewan
    2) Scott Crichton
    3) Shayne Skov
    4) Will Sutton
    5) Mike Davis

    I only did 5 rounds because Im sure they will be trading some of those 7th rounders. It pained me greatly not getting Dix or Pryor in the 1st round and there just was no value for safety in the other rounds. I hope this does not play out on draft day because I think Dallas safeties are poor and will probably remain poor no matter how good the D-line is. They all have limited range and little playmaking ability. If Dallas got this board I think it would produce three starters in Lewan, Crichton and Sutton. I think Skov and Davis would be big contributors though.