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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Missouri DE Kony Ealy

04.06.14 at 9:11 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Kony Ealy (AP)

Missouri’s Kony Ealy had the fastest 3-cone drill time for defensive linemen at the NFL combine. (AP)

KONY EALY

Position: Defensive end

School: Missouri

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 273 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-SEC, 2011 Big 12 all-freshman team

What he brings: Scouts point out Ealy’€™s athleticism and speed that allows him to have solid initial quickness off the snap. Scouts also say, though, that Ealy needs to continue developing his awareness of the game. As a junior in 2013, Ealy had 43 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1

Notes: Ealy was roommates with Michael Sam while at Missouri. Although Sam was the SEC’€™s Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Ealy is projected to have more of an upside. … Ealy had the fastest 3-cone drill time of any defensive lineman at the NFL combine. His 40-yard-dash time was an unimpressive 4.97, but he improved on that at Missouri’s pro day last month, reportedly running in the 4.6 range.

Related articles:

NFL.com: Kony Ealy doesn’t see Michael Sam as off-field distraction

USA Today: NFL Draft diary: Missouri’s Kony Ealy looks ahead to pro day

Columbia Daily Tribune: Taking stock of Kony Ealy’s stock

Video: Here is a video highlighting Ealy’s time at Missouri.

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