Draft Profile: Missouri DE Kony Ealy

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Moments before the media made a mad rush towards the podium to listen to Michael Sam speak, Missouri teammate Kony Ealy took to the same mic and addressed a much more modest gathering of reporters.

“I mean, I’m fine,” said Ealy of the spotlight shining elsewhere. “The whole decision with Mike Sam, he’s got his own thing going, I got my own thing going.”

Sam has garnered most of the media attention for obvious reasons, but it’s Ealy — who played right defensive end opposite Sam at Mizzou — that is largely considered the better pro prospect.


Ealy (6-4, 273) declared for the draft following his junior year. He racked up eight sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and six passes defensed for the Tigers this season. The bulk of his production came over the last five games, including a two-sack performance in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State.

He really showed off his athleticism for one of those takedowns, as he was able to beat his man on the outside before tracking down the quarterback (around the 2:50 mark).

"I compare myself to [fellow Missouri product] Aldon [Smith]. He's a freak athlete. He gets off the ball," said Ealy. "And J.J. Watt when it comes to pass deflections."

The bar is set quite high, then. Opinions vary on where Ealy will be selected in this draft. Some view him as a top-15 player. Others have him out of the first round altogether. Mike Mayock could see him going between picks No. 20-23. The Eagles have the 22nd overall pick.

Is he a fit for the Eagles' 3-4 defense? Opinions differ on that as well. Ealy played defensive end in a 4-3 at Missouri and would flip inside sometimes on passing downs to provide an interior rush. He dropped on occasion. Some believe that he can make a successful transition to 3-4 outside linebacker on the next level. Others feel he is a pure 4-3 end.

Ealy was expecting to meet with the Eagles brass on Saturday night. He said that other 3-4 teams he talked with thought there was a place for him in their scheme, though not necessarily at linebacker.

"They love the way I move. They see me as a hybrid," said Ealy. "Mainly a hand-in-the-dirt kinda guy, a five-tech. They love my body type, that I can move at my weight, quick, and I'm agile."

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert mentioned that most of the OLBs that have played in their system were 4-3 defensive ends in college. There is not a wealth of natural, high-end 3-4 outside linebackers in this draft. In many cases, teams have to look at a player's skill set and try and project how they will fare at the position on this level.

"Certainly you're looking for athletic ability," said Howie Roseman. "You look for people who can play on their feet, who can move, who can play in space, who are strong enough to set the edge. Obviously you're looking for a pass-rusher. Guys who can win, who have multiple moves.

"When you're making the transition (from defensive end to outside linebacker), intelligence is also a big factor. Their ability to think on their feet and being multiple. Throughout our football team we're looking for smart guys who are versatile."

The interview and workout process will be big for teams like the Eagles to help figure out exactly what the 22-year-old is capable of.

Ealy ran a 40-time of 4.91 seconds at the combine . Aldon Smith (6-4, 265), by comparison, clocked in at 4.74 back in 2011.

“He’s not quite as athletic as Aldon Smith,” said Mayock. “But I think he’s a little more physical. A little better against the run.”

Smith made the transition from Mizzou defensive end to NFL outside linebacker just fine. Ealy's  position and fate have yet to be determined. Sounds to me like a defensive line role is most likely in the pros, but time will tell.

  • JofreyRice

    Hmm Barr ran a 4.63, unofficial. Casserly’s been twitchy on that stopwatch, so Official time is probably more like 4.7. Could help him drop into range for the Eagles.

    • RIP illa

      Nooo…That’s gonna screw up his madden speed rating for us!!! :-)

      • Andy124

        lol

    • GEAGLE

      I’m almost to the point where I would take Marcus smith at 22 with Ealy and Barr still on the board!!! I just see ZERO bust potential in smiths game! Azz and McGovern can turn him into a stud, who can rush the passer and drop back into coverage maximizing our disguise…do not under rate his experience seeing the game thru the eyes of a QB and the football intelligence he needed to play QB…

      Love players who used to be QBs, like I love DL/OL that used to be TEs..

      You chart this kid improvements since he started playing defense a few years ago, and he just seems like one of those kids who grow drastically in short periods of time..I mean he was a 4-3DE for a few years and last year he was already recording INTs..kid can drop with TEs, rush the passer, play the run…he may be considered a reach at 22, but I can see him being as good as any defender from this draft…

      My fav players are the ones you can’t miss even when you aren’t trying to watch them.. Fell in love with KVN trying to watch Ziggy, fell in love with Marcus trying to watch Pryor…
      Rd 1) Marcus Daaaaarling lol
      2) KVN
      3) Moncrief
      4) Dion Baily
      5) Jarvis Landry
      5) Terrence mItchell or Lyerla

      • RIP illa

        Upvote for the Boomerang reference

  • cliff henny

    4.91 40 isnt moving my meter in 1st.

  • RIP illa

    GD!!! Wish Telvin Smith would stop BS’n and move to Safety. 6’3 218 4.48u 40. Would love to develop him in Philly

    • GEAGLE

      Yeah he gets on my damn nerves with his refusal to play safety…if Telvin fell to round 5, did take him as a cover ILB for sub packages…but he just doesn’t have any 3down potential at LB so I don’t see how you can draft him before the 5th…

      • Andy124

        This reminds me of Keenan Clayton.

        • GEAGLE

          Was he that good of an athlete? Don’t remember, but I know it’s not a good thing to remind people of him lol

          • RIP illa

            He was pretty good. I think Smith is head and shoulders above him from an athletic standpoint.

          • GEAGLE

            Curious to see how Buchanon and Baily compare to telvins numbers.

            Geez Aaron Donald had a monster day..as in HOLY crap what a day

          • RIP illa

            I’m telling you guys…Trade rounds 3, 4, and one of our 5ths, and next years 2nd for another 1st. Draft ODB at WR and then A-a-Ron at ROLB!!! :-)
            Sorry RC, I cant stop!!!

          • GEAGLE

            I don’t even want more first rounders, I’m trying to get out of round one. We NEED two extra picks from rounds 2-4

            If my beloved Nthony Barr was on the board at 22, and the Niners are offering both their second rounders, I would kiss Barr goodbye. I really want to draft 3 times in round two with one of nthe pics being ideally in the top 7. I’d give the Texans the 22nd pick if they love Carr if they give up the first pick in round 2 and the top pick in round 3..I’ll pretty much secure Marcus Davis, feel comfortable that I got a stud at a premium position and then trade back every single chance we get. No matter where we are stuck drafting there will be a player I like, can’t believe how deep this draft is

          • Richard Colton

            you’re on a roll now. can’t stop. won’t stop.

          • RIP illa

            Bad Boy (while Harlem Shakin)

          • Andy124

            I only meant in a general sense and only for the obvious reasons.

        • RIP illa

          Sorta but better. Clayton had to be converted to LB and could/did put on weight. Smith is very very slender and has had ample time to put on more weight, but has yet to. Plus I think Smith is a better more aggressive player than Clayton. He’s like a heat seeking missle on the field.

          • Andy124

            Like a shark in the water? lol

          • RIP illa

            Hopefully he know’s how to connect w/ his contact and hits…unlike Ernie Sims

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          smith is a faaar better player, at either position

      • RIP illa

        And he gets killed by blockers when he doesn’t have a free path to the ball. I’m beyond pissed right now!!! Never seen somebody so perfect for a position and just be a flat out stupid A-hole about things!!! He’s F’n up his money and our team, wel maybe only his money. Came back with a 4.41u but it got corrected to a 4.52 which are unbelievably dope for a Safety that size. We need to get him at one of our personal workouts and make him work in coverage drills and just beat it into his head that he wants us to draft him in the 3rd or 4th as a Safety. Cuz with his size and frame, it’ll be hard for teams to justify drafting him any earlier for a 4-3 WILL.

  • Andy124

    4.91? Wow. I’m taking that with an entire shaker of salt. Bad timing, hung over, something. He’s got to be faster than that.

    • RIP illa

      Yeah, he had a rough day, but that 40…something had to be wrong, whether it be mentally, physically, or whatever. Dude looks faster on tape and through drills today.

    • anon

      KVN or Ealy?

      • RIP illa

        the answer to that is the same question as always. Do you want versatility or do you want someone to beat the ish outta the LTs and QBs for 60 mins? Right now, I would have to go w/ KVN. But I really want and think we’re missing Beating the hell outta QBs, and have been for some time now. Neither of them in the 1st tho.

        • GEAGLE

          Marcus smith…former 4-3DE who will beat the hell out of OTs AND drop into coverage.. I don’t even know his times, but I saw Marcus run every drill and he looked even better them I expected, looked so good that I couldn’t even tell you if he recorded a good time or bad, his times no longer even matter to me. I’m in love..OLB love!!

          • RIP illa

            I’m not gonna disagree with you. I just gotta go back and watch some more of him. Eventho RC banned me from watching anymore of the Combine, I still have been. Shh…don’t tell him.

          • GEAGLE

            Enjoy…his film is a treat, plus you get to see Pryor! knock out two players in one film….kid is just an athlete! had an INT last year, ran with TEs, blocked a kick and he was mostly playing in a 3 point stance, what a waste of a heckuva linebacker,,,I’m so worried about losing him, that I’m going to start hoping for him at 22….guys like Kiko’s and Jamie d don’t have first round value, but if a team “reached” for them at 22 last year, they would have gotten laughed at, but today they would be looking brilliant…I don’t want to miss out on this kid, especially since he plays Such an important position…if we could trade back to like 29 and take him, I’d be thrilled. I don’t even care what his true draft value is…I would be furious to see us take Dee ford at 22 instead of him.. This boy can move in space and get after QBs…I gots to have him!!

          • GEAGLE

            Kids a straight up OLB, he should never have been a DE, even if he succeeded

          • Richard Colton

            When we steal defensive rookie of the year Christian Jones in the third, the rest of the league can whine about how we “Kiko’d” them.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah he sure would be real nice quality to get in round 3. Draft is deep enough to where it’s possible..he probably would have def been a second rounder last year

          • Jerry Pomroy

            He played LB for 9 games in 2010, then was moved to end, but he still played standing up a lot more than most of these DE pass rushers. I think of all the guys I’ve looked at so far, KVN was on his feet the most with Smith 2nd.

            Yes, you’re in for a treat. You can see the kid’s got mad talent as a 3-4 ROLB prospect.

          • Richard Colton

            you were 10 minutes from moving Johnny Manzeil to Free Safety, you had to be stopped.

          • Tom W

            Think he should last to 54. same w atta-boy. things setting up nicely

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I want production. I want a guy using his speed, strength and athleticism wreaking havoc in the backfield creating sacks, FFs, TFLs. I want a guy that’s gonna chase down a QB who takes off when flushed from the pocket & make him pay. I don’t want a mauler just mashing it up with the LT & getting the occasional coverage sack. That’s what we have our DEs for in our scheme…to do the dirty work, while our LBs make plays.

          • anon

            hahah coverage sack — have you seen our secondary? But i 100% agree.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Ok, I lumped the “I cant find an open receiver” and “I’m waiting for my first read to get open” sack together…lol

      • Andy124

        Ealy.

  • RIP illa

    KVN gonna fall into the 4.7s (4.66u) after a bad start on his 1st run. Cant wait to see his 2nd run

    • GEAGLE

      Hope he has a bad run!!! The announcer said he was 26years old I almost had a heart attack, but he was thinking about someone else who went on a Mormon mission..

      • RIP illa

        Oh. I was like what. Nope his 2nd run was 4.60u.

      • Richard Colton

        surprised you’re not at the Combine spreading Colt Lyerla and KVN drug rumors. KVN falling to #54?!? Its like the league never learned its Kiko Alonzo lesson.

        • GEAGLE

          Rumors may not be enough, I’m trying to figure out how to frame him for a crime :)

          He really is this years Kiko…it’s eats away at me that we missed out on Kiko and Jamie Collins, but using the pic on star potential Ertz softens the blow. I friggin HATE that Vrabel works for the Texans and is at the combine, I know that prick will see himself in KVN

          • RIP illa

            I still cant believe we passed on Collins. He was a third all the way up till the combine where he blew every other D player outta the water. We coulda had this ROLB problem so solved!!! I was praying that Kiko would make it to the 3rd…I know now wishful thinking.

          • GEAGLE

            Shiiiit we were hoping Kiko fell to the 4th because he is a little nutty…talk about wishful thinking

          • anon

            We missed on Kiko b/c of Kendricks and Meco — didn’t Kiko go to Oregon? You can’t “miss” on a guy you coached in college.

          • RIP illa

            2nd part is so true. Even if we had Meco and Kendricks we still shoulda got the heir to the thrown. Man we coulda had to only worry about safety this year!!! We coulda gotten Reed in the 4th (I believe).

          • anon

            Agree with that, that’s what BPA should mean. Plus i think they are moving Kiko outside — can play all 4 linebacker positions.

            Oh well — at least we have Matt B.

          • RIP illa

            LOL

          • Andy124

            can play all 4 linebacker positions.

            At once.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Frees up cap space…

          • Richard Colton

            I had him in round two or three of every wish list I made last year. I kept watching Oregon D for Dion Jordan – but Kiko was the guy making plays. I love KVN at ILB or LOLB. Wouldn’t sleep on Shane Skov either if the knee pushes him down to the 3rd.

          • RIP illa

            The only reason why I don’t want Skov is cuz I thought I heard or read that his body has been racked with serious injuries. If true, it doesn’t sit well with me to have him as next in line.

          • GEAGLE

            We missed on Kiko because Ertz is a friggin BOSS!!

          • anon

            or b/c we were drafting for need last year.

          • GEAGLE

            Huh? Ertz was not a need!!! We just gave a free agent TE 4mil and our coach loves Celek..

          • anon

            Casey = Sopoaga. We need 2 TEs.

          • GEAGLE

            Thats absurd!!!! His role will grow regardless of Ertz and Celek…Lol I can’t believe you just said that..smh

          • anon

            If we didn’t need a FB he would be a $4m special teamer.

          • Andy124

            This was strictly due to an undisclosed injury…

            Chip sprained his ring finger while running the stadium steps when he slipped on a snow ball we threw at Santa and landed on a battery we threw at JD Drew. This prevented him from holding up 3 fingers and sending 3 TEs in to the game as he explained during the offseason. Those sprains can really linger.

          • GEAGLE

            No, he is a much better pass catcher then he has shown..expect multiple TE sets to be used more frequently next year(FOles was ridiculously efficient with two TEs in the game)..and there is still a bunch of 3TE stuff we haven’t seen yet…I know everyone thinks he was a waste but I really believe we haven’t seen anything yet as far as what he will bring to our offense. Could see us carry 4TEs next year

          • Andy124
          • Andy124

            That’s kinda big. Sorry guys.

          • GEAGLE

            Was that you? You could be a hand model.. “10″ just beautiful manicured fingers..good for you!! I will forever picture you as the hand model from zoo lander who preserved his beautiful hands in a glass bubble

          • Andy124

            I just googled “3 fingers”.

          • GEAGLE

            Don’t lie…you have pretty hands. Nothing to be ashamed of. Own it man! :)

          • Andy124

            lol

          • NickS1

            Wasn’t that Duchovny that played him?

          • anon

            Yeah i think he does better with bigger targets generally. I too see us getting another catching TE – they are cheaper than big body WRs.

    • Tom W

      I can easily see KVN or atta-boy falling to rd 2 … and maybe marcus smith and christain jones falling to rd 3 …. doubt dee ford does in the 2d. god we need more second rounders ….

      • anon

        Jones could be that dude.

        • GEAGLE

          If we could trade out of round 1 for say an extra 2nd and 3rd, I would try to add Marcus,KVN and Jones and just be set at LB

        • RIP illa

          Jones is that dude for me. Meant him in my Eagles life for sure.

  • GEAGLE

    Telvin smith looks nothing like a LB..he shouldn’t even be compared to the rest. Like HE BETTER be faster and more fluid then everyone else else..curious to see how safeties Buchanon and Baily compare to telvins performance
    ..
    Barr is just impressive
    ..
    Jordan Tripp looking good
    ..
    Oregons Lokembo didn’t look bad for a late rounder

    • George

      looks like a kam style safety if we can coach him up

      • Tom W

        supposedly he came out and said he refuses to play safety dopey kid

        • George

          then he’s an idiot… a 220-ish lb is gonna get HAMMERED @the next level

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah he actually said it a few times on video. Hate him for it

          • Andy124

            Has anybody asked him why?

          • GEAGLE

            No, they all seem pretty shocked that he would say something so stupid lol

          • Andy124

            That’s ashame. I’d really like to hear his reasoning.

          • GEAGLE

            I’d like to know who is advising him, if you ain’t a top pick who the F r u to publicly be stating what position you won’t play?

      • GEAGLE

        He ran faster then Kam did…if Baily or Buchanon aren’t a notch faster, then a draft this kid and force him to play safety

    • travis papa

      Right on the head there with both smith and Murphy. I think Murphy is more than athletic enough to play ROLB for us he checks all the boxes as mayock would say. Got the size measurables smart athletic good character competed against chip & best of all good productive film. Watching smith I forgot all about any other safety if he’s there in the 3rd take him & tell him to shut up & pick a # in the 20s. In my opinion if a team drafts him he has no say in where he will play & he will.learn that soon enough. Once they put the money in front of him the coaches could make him wear a clown suit thru training camp & he would be like yes sir do you want me to dance for you also? Hubbard looks like a nice project as depth behind barwin. He’s got all the tools just some coaching if stoutland signs off on him. Trent Murphy Jordan Matthews telvin smith Hubbard and Coleman from Rutgers for the first 5 picks and I’d do a cartwheel

  • RIP illa

    I can’t see him falling this far, but I really would love to get Borland in the 7th or 6th if we grabbed one of those. He’s just too short and not athletic enough, despite just being a really solid football player, to be next up for Meco’s spot.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      There looks to be a strong and underrated class of ILBs, many who I think will be available past rd 4. I’m also a big fan of Borland’s game; some other guys I see as 3rd day prospects are:
      Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA; Lamin Barrow, LSU; Jordan Tripp, Montana; Christian Jones, FSU (most likely to go 2nd or 3rd); Andrew Jackson, WKU

      • cliff henny

        Barrow, they love lsu guys.

        • Joe L

          Don’t forget Max Bullough from MSU.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            I left him off at the last minute on purpose. Think he fails some of the character flags. went back and watched more tape, just wasn’t that impressed. I’d say every guy on that list is better than him. He’s a 6th or 7th at best, IMO

          • Joe L

            What did he end up missing the bowl game for? It was never stated. Other than that, he was a model citizen at MSU. Academic all american even? He got some kind of scholastic award this year.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            that’s fair. I’ll just agree to disagree. I’d still take any of those 5 above before looking at Max

          • Joe L

            How much have you seen guys from WKU and Montana play?

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            Thanks to the internet, and having played I-AA myself, I was able to see a lot of those guys (and montana overall)

          • RIP illa

            Max actually showed out a little today. Like you, I was totally ready to dismiss him or use him as an “in case of emergency, break glass” kinda guy. It’s all about how well his interviews went now. He was the leader of that D for a couple of years. He moved up to 5th round draftable for me. I can see him going earlier

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            Really?’ Did not yet see his combine, that good? I’d upgrade him for that as well

          • RIP illa

            Pretty good/decent. But far better cuz of the red flags and the way he showed up to the Senior Bowl.

          • Joe L

            Ran a 4.78, compared to C.Jones 4.74 and KVN 4.71, his ten yard splits were right on par with Jones too. Tied for first in bench press with Khairi Fortt and he looked better than I expected in the coverage drills. Definitely stiffer than Jones and some of the smaller guys, but I think that was expected.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          c. Jones aside, because I think he’s a 2/3rd anyway, I’d take Barrow first on that list too. But I’d take any one of those in the 4th, Jackson maybe in the 5th. Liked all their game tape; spent far too much time watching gametape of LBs this year.

      • RIP illa

        Did Zumwalt run and go through Drills? Totally right about the depth at the position. It’s nice since usually there’s a dearth.

  • RIP illa

    Good God…I wanna get a step ladder and punch Adrain Hubbard in the face for being a waste of height, weight, and speed right now!!!

    • GEAGLE

      Cliff pegged him as a bum moths ago so I stopped paying attention

      • Tom W

        Ronnie Powell could be a sneaky edge rusher in the 4th or 5th if we don’t find one earlier or double up … kid may have a god complex supposedly because his breaks were pumped since high school but he looked good today and was number one recruit coming out as a te and olb …

        • cliff henny

          did kennard run? heard eagles were talking to him at sr bowl

          • RIP illa

            Yeah. He was pretty good as in terms of keeping up w/ the pack. Can’t remember his times off the top of my head tho.

          • cliff henny

            thnx. didnt watch a game of his, have no idea except he’s 5th/6th rd prospect. if they wait till then to get olbr, philly will be a mess! liquor and distributors will be cleaned out and couches and car fires everywhere

  • Tom W

    SO 7 olbs didnt run yet or anything … is there another group or are those guys not running?

    • RIP illa

      Nope. They all opted out for various reasons

  • Tom W

    Hmmmmm…. really can’t say that any of the edge rushers impressed me today based on historical combine numbers … Guys like barr, mack, kvn, marcus smith, christian jones ran okay forty times but none of them really impressed in any of the skills like 3-cone, 20, 40, broad jump (highly correlated to success), vert jump. I am actually quite disappointed except for someone like Ronnie Powell who put up numbers like the big boyz, has the size, and was number one player coming out of high school as a olb and te and tore an acl his spring game soph year.

    Look at barwin’s, von miller’s, jamie collins, mingo .. even dion for his height … .made a difference and solidified high grades.

    Other than Barr (bc of his measurables) and Mack (tape and production) and Clowney (different league), I’m not seeing one edge rusher I would take in the first round.

    Ford and atta-boy didn’t do anything. Marcus smith, demarcus lawrence, kvn, christian jones, ealy, crawford, murphy all had average combines that probably aren’t going to help them a whole lot.

    I see no reason to force an edge rusher at 22 …. better said I don’t see the eagles having a first round grade on anyone other than clowney, mack, and barr (and maybe kvn as a ilb) as an edge rusher. Think its back to wr or BUA .. unless attaboy or ford blow up their prodays

    • GEAGLE

      “There is less of a question about whether Pryor can cover people, then Dix who floated around centerfield, that’s why Pryor is a little higher then Dix” NFL network

      • Tom W

        Who from nfl network said that?
        And I can paste at least two scout descriptions that say dix is the better cover safety. Its that time of year. could say same thing about the top 3 qbs or 3 otackles.
        I personally don’t like either and don’t have a first ground on either. Pryor missed alot of tackles and didn’t show me anything in coverage that shows he can cover a te or wr … and at 5 11 he could get outmuscled or outreached for balls. Tape I watched showed a big hitter w size who covers a ton of ground.
        More importantly, he is now 5 11 not 6 2 and plays like a strong safety. I doubt the eagles will have a first round grade on him, and may not even have him on their board w dix, buchanon, and bailey fitting their measurables better.

        • GEAGLE

          Black dude(the only black guy of the 4 analysts) said it 5 minutes ago…don’t get mad at me, just passing it along. The role they allowed Dix to play bothers plenty of scouts..I have been hearing this for months

          • Tom W

            Not mad. just hoping it wasn’t mayock davis or jeremiah .. only really guys I respect as scouts from nfl.

          • GEAGLE

            Who is the black dude? Charles something

          • oreofestar

            Charles Davis

    • RIP illa

      Yeah no outstanding performers, save the kid from Shepard and Smith, but all have warts and pretty much just maintained. Oh well, sometimes it’s good to have no surprises. We just confirmed what we already knew for the most part.

    • anon

      Good to sort of put things into perspective…WR / TE / DL have been by far the most impressive in my eyes. It’s a shame b/c we need a safety and an OLB — hopefully we don’t draft for need.

      • RIP illa

        Really TEs? I wasn’t impressed. What did you see cuz I prolly missed something?

        • anon

          Sorry, brain fart, TE mean OL.

    • Stuart Philp

      I really like what I’ve seen from Mack. He’s the only one I’d take at 22. Maybe Clowney but I’m questionable on his personality.

      Kevin Pierre-Louis had a great combine, just a shame about his size 6′ 232lbs. Dude is a natural athlete, just doesn’t really fit anything. Maybe shed 20lbs and play strong safety, but it’s not that easy. Mike Shazier is another undersized guy that’s a great athlete. They both play bigger, could be a decent 3rd round gamble if they fall that far.

      Max Bullough could be a mid-late round ILB to replace Ryans some day. He has good size, strength, leadership, eyes, just lacks a bit of speed and agility.

      • Joe L

        Mack won’t make it out of the top 10 though. So it’s not gonna be a pass rusher at 22 I don’t think.

  • GEAGLE

    Hey cliff…cowboys VP insist their cap problems are “minor” lol

    • Andy124

      lol, and our OL had some “minor” health problems in 2012.

    • cliff henny

      good, means they have no plans on changing. really hope they extend Hatcher. already restructuring 3 contracts, that’ll require 2 or 3 more.

      • GEAGLE

        And Spencer, worthless to a 4-3 hahahahaha hahahah long live jerry

        • cliff henny

          they’d have to go deep in the restructures to do both. i’m all for it. these are all the same guys on the worst defense, getting year older and injured, sure, makes total sense to give longer and more guarenteed money.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol we can only hope

          • cliff henny

            trying to eyeball it on otc.com (doesnt have sal cap increase,but also doesnt have kicker cap hit, or all the escalators-think they offset eachother very closely), think they have to restructure romo witten carr and lee to get into complience. austin will be june 1st cut to sign picks, which means they can get too many high picks, cost too much. only guy left if are scandrick and free, who give them 3m each if restructured, or ware, who gives them 9m. have no idea what they do in ’15 if Dallas goes all-in.
            .
            and all this is pretty much the same team, but yr older and coming off injuries that’s just gone 8-8 for a 3rd time.

          • GEAGLE

            Hahaha love it!!! And does anyone really think that baby Gruden is going to be the man to finally get the skins and that full retard Snyder on the right track?

          • cliff henny

            Orten is threatening retirement. he knows Jerry has no plan B, so he’s going to hijack him for more money. with romo’s back, they have no choice.
            .
            wonder how long it’ll take rg3 to complain about coach. gruden seems like a tougher side coach. rg3 is way too used to having his balls fluffed daily.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            My wife and her father’s side of the family hopes so. Always makes for an interesting 2 weeks & dinner at xmas time.

            My wife supports the Eagles every Sunday but the games against the Deadskins. I just can’t do the same & torture her every chance I get those two weeks.

  • GEAGLE

    We better hope jerry jones isn’t smart enough to draft Aaron Donald

    • oreofestar

      Knowing him he will take Michael Sam first round

  • GEAGLE

    If I’m the Texans I only consider two players! Clowny or Greg Robinson..PERIOD!!!!

    But if nTHEY consider a QB it will be Bortles..just go back and see what he did to Bill Obrien at Penn State…although his arm didn’t look as strong as I expected. But props for being a gamer and having the balls to throw at the combine

    As expect rumors are starting to circulate about atlanta trading up to 2 for Clowney. If the texans allow it

    • anon

      The league should veto texas taking clowney, that combination would be insane. I think it would help Clowney not to be the biggest freak by far on the team. Though it’ll be interesting to see what they look like in a 2-gap 3-4 which is what i think Remeo is going to install there.

      Power run scheme with 2 great receivers. it’d be silly.

      • GEAGLE

        Friggin can’t believe they are going to ask JJ to two gap. That’s insane. And I don’t even know how they could possibly pass on him. The only scenario that makes sense is if they can trade back to like 5 and still get Greg Robinson…

        • anon

          Might as well trade him to CLE for a first and a second or something like that — total waste of that talent. Though maybe they’ll just put him and Clowney as OLBs.

      • Richard Colton

        Texas likes to be contrarian on draft day. The owner still lauds Mario Williams over Vince Young as a great pick. As good as Watkins or Clowney or even Robinson would look there, they have to go QB. Have to.

        • GEAGLE

          Only if coach loves Bortless…can’t see him wanting Manziel or Teddy and I doubt that owner forces a QB the coach doesn’t want…

  • GEAGLE

    Justin Gilbert should be the only CB we consider in round 1. He is expected to go buck wild tomorrow. Doubt he last til we pick…I hate Dennard, don’t trust Roby any more, Verett I would be ok with in round 2…after Gilbert, i like Fuller probably more then the rest and I don’t see how you can take him at 22

    • cliff henny

      Polian is bothering me cause he keeps on trying to link Manziel with philly. maybe before Oakland, but not anymore.

      • GEAGLE

        God…don’t make me nauseous…hopefully we get to play against Johnny next year. Wanna watch Cox jumps on him

        • Token

          Man I would literally puke if that happened. That would be pretty much impossible for me to get behind.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        The Philadelphia Eagles pull off a stunning trade & send Nick Foles & picks #22 & 54 to Texans in exchange for Texans pick at #1.

        Yeah, um not gonna happen.

    • Joe L

      Why the Dennard hate?

      • GEAGLE

        Not just him, I hate all the corners…Gilbert is the only one I think has the size, speed, special upside to be what I expect to get in round 1… I don’t know that Dennard,Verett or any of these round 1 CB are even better the Trufant who went at the end of last years round 1,.i dunno, maybe I’m wrong, but I think a few CB that can be had later in this draft develop into similar quality as this crop of round 1 corners..nice prospects but special?

        • Joe L

          I don’t like this years corner class at all past Gilbert, Dennard and Kyle Fuller somewhere in round 2. I can’t see any other players really developing, but I can see the 3 I listed being pro bowlers for years. The only thing keeping Fuller out of rd 1 for me is some injuries.

          • GEAGLE

            Same with fuller..but I could see a team that has it’s starting corners take him at the end of round 1..just seems that much better then the rest of this pack…wanna see how later round CB I like Baptiste,Aiken, Mitchell run

  • GEAGLE

    Foles got engaged…PIMP!!

    • anon

      Considering he doesn’t drink party life wouldn’t be that fun anyway. Congrats to him though.

      • GEAGLE

        Like my young QB and RT both being married! Thank god Lane is married with maniacs like Herremans and Kelce around

  • Joe L

    I don’t think Ealy is a fit for us. To me, he’s a 4-3 DE only. There’s a guy who I’ve been watching since the Senior Bowl whose been under the radar for me. He’s not that tall at 6’1, but at 266 lbs he’s got really long arms, very strong and he looked explosive in all the drills today. He was blowing by guys at the Senior Bowl, he just got overshadowed by Dee Ford.

    • cliff henny

      dont leave me hanging joe, who? not going to make me wait a day like the old adam west Batman’s, are you?

      • Joe L

        Hahaha, sorry man. Meant to say CHRIS SMITH FROM ARKANSAS

        • cliff henny

          much more of a 4-3 guy, no?

          • Joe L

            No, I don’t think so. He looks like a stand up pass rusher to me. Really explosive.

          • Tom W

            Could be around in 4th round because of his height.

  • GEAGLE

    Who is this Cassius Marsch “bird man” F’er from UCLA? They talk about him as if he makes Lyerla look like a choir boy
    ..
    Did Oregons Taylor Hart go today? I don’t like him, but some people think he is highly under rated and versatile

    • Joe L

      Hart didn’t do anything today.

      • GEAGLE

        Kerr looked more agile then I expected..
        ..

        • RIP illa

          Yup. With Rob leading the hype train and the way Carrethers let me down today…I’m officially backing Kerr only second to Ellis. BTW did you see Caraun Reid? I’m loving him as a late round DE. And the way he’s built is crazy. He officially has made my rock solid baller team.

    • cliff henny

      well, all the tape i’m sure you’ve watched on Barr, and Marsch didnt stand out, cant be a good sign.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Peter King is reporting that Kelly & Roseman talked at length with Johnny Manziel at combine. Sounds like they’re doing due diligence or just blowing smoke.

    • Richard Colton

      How insane would 24/7 get if they traded up to #6 and took Johnny Football? 1,000 comment day. Minimum.

      • Andy124

        Next thing you know, Jeff Lurie will be flying down to watch his pro day…

        • oreofestar

          or be watching Evans

          • CJ

            could’ve been about another player too, such as Evans. wasn’t to draft Manziel, I’d bet the farm on that.

          • Andy124

            ICYMI, that was a reference to when Lurie went down and watched Geno Smith’s private workout. You see how hard we tried to draft him.

      • Token

        I dunno. If that happened I probably wouldnt want anything to do with football for awhile. It would be out of this world moronic.

        A good ol fashioned Andy Reid “we are smarter than you” type of move.

    • anon

      hopefully, i mean it’s clear they want a mobile qb.

    • CJ

      Nothing to it, guaranteed. Some teams interview QBs just to see how they process information etc, more so they know them better when they face them or for free agency than anything. This is that, no question. You’ll know real interest by facility visits. They can talk to anyone at the combine, and they’ll talk to Bortles, Teddy and Carr as well.

  • cliff henny

    sure BSPN will play Jerry Jones interview about 1000 more times, but it’s worth a laugh. dude is a straight-up snake oil salesman. asked how he responds to fans that want him to give up GM duties, basically said ‘write me a check for 2B”

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      they deserve no better.

  • Tom W

    Jeremiah Atta-boy agent on last thursday reported he wouldn’t be doing drills or tests except interviews measurement because he partially tore his hamstring at senior bowl and hurt his wrist. Sucks for the kid, good for the birds.

    No chance of top 40 anymore, almost certain he is there at back of second round and potentially third round. Says he is going to compete at gtech proday at end of march. If i was him i would wait another month till i was completely healthy.

    • NickS1

      He should definitely try to hold some sort of private session a couple weeks after. Not that he can’t be healed by then but hamstrings are no joke to mess with.

  • Tom w

    Trying to figure out who is likely gone before we pick at 22:

    Teddy Johnny bortles
    Watkins Evans
    Matthews lewan robinson
    Clowney Mack Mosley
    Crichton
    Glibert
    Unc te

    Could easily throw in Martin, Donald, Benjamin and one safety. Ealy or ford or Dennard or tuitt or shede. That’s gets us to 23.

    • Tom w

      And Barr

    • anon

      Clowney.

      • Tom w

        Got him but probably missed someone else

  • anon

    If Ware gets cut do you think we look? We need an edge rusher — but probably too expensive to split time with cole and you can’t make ware a 3rd down LB…

  • Dr Rick

    Nice article. Seems like a real ball hawk. The question is whether he can transition to an OLB ina a 3-4. Guess I’ll have to read along to see what the big minds here think.
    Birdzzz!

  • Anders

    The thing that matters more than 40 yard dash, the 3 cone and Ealy was better than Smith. 6.83 vs 7.19