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.