Ian Rapoport reported earlier this morning that some NFL teams would like to see Missouri edge rusher Kony Ealy add about 15 lbs and convert to playing defensive tackle at the next level.
- Rapoport mentions that doing so could lead to Ealy coming off the board higher than many expect.
- Rapoport adds that if Ealy was to play three-technique in the NFL, teams like the Giants, Rams, Cowboys and Bears could all be options in round one.
This is certainly an interesting idea as there is some question about the defensive tackle depth behind Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald. NFL teams tend to stray away from taking on a lot of risk in round one, but Ealy is still considered to be one of the better edge rushers in the draft, so he could always move back to playing defensive end if it didn’t work out.
Last year, Ealy totaled 42 tackles with 14 of them coming for a loss, eight sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles.
We have Ealy going to the Broncos in the first round of recently updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft.