Missouri DL Kony Ealy told Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he has met with the Falcons, Cowboys and Bears twice.
Ealy also mentioned separately that the Cowboys, along with the St. Louis Rams have shown the most interest in him.
“Dallas was really good. I like them. They feel like they can use me across their D-line, inside and out,” Ealy told College Football 24/7. “St. Louis, same thing. Some teams don’t want me to say their names, but I got a good feel for every team I met with and the different schemes, terminology, and stuff like that.
Ealy’s stock has seen something of a resurgence with teams intrigued by the possibility of moving him inside to the three-technique position.
With Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald seemingly destined for the top 12, teams in the middle of round one have few options for impact defensive tackles. Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Arizona State DT Will Sutton, and Florida DT Dominique Easley are three players evaluators see filling the three-technique position, but outside of Hageman, they are not considered first-rounders.
Ealy would presumably have to put on weight to move to defensive tackle. The concern with putting on weight is always the possibility of compromising a player’s speed. This change would be a major risk for the aforementioned interested teams, as they all pick in the first half of round one.
There is at least a chance that Ealy could fall to round two, but any interested teams would certainly be taking a risk by waiting.
We have Ealy going No. 31 to Denver in our most recent 2014 NFL Mock Draft.