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Missouri DE Kony Ealy declares for NFL Draft

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After Missouri won a wild Cotton Bowl over former Big 12 sparring partner Oklahoma State, Tigers defensive end Kony Ealy made it official. Ealy will skip his final year of eligibility at Missouri and head to the NFL Draft this spring.

“I love my teammates. I love my coaches,” Ealy said after the Cotton Bowl victory. “I’ve gone from a boy to a man here.”

This season Ealy recorded 14.0 tackles for a loss with eight sacks over 14 games. In his final game with Missouri, Ealy recorded six tackles and two sacks as Missouri held off Oklahoma State in a back-and-forth finish to the Cotton Bowl Friday night.

A record 74 underclassmen declared for the NFL Draft in 2013. According to NFL.com‘s list of underclassmen declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, 47 underclassmen have officially declared. That number will surely rise. Ealy is the only underclassman from Missouri to declare for the draft, so far at least.

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7 Responses to “Missouri DE Kony Ealy declares for NFL Draft”
  1. kcrobert10 says: Jan 4, 2014 9:08 AM

    Darn. I’d hope he stay. Many boards I’ve seen have him barely in the top 50. This could be a mistake he could well be a top 20 pick next yr if he stays. Oh well good luck Mr ealy life will go on at ole mizzou.

  2. jbaxt says: Jan 4, 2014 12:02 PM

    He’s as high as 12th overall in some mocks I’ve seen. I just wish Richardson would’ve stayed, I think we’d be looking at a national championship if you had Sheldon, Ealy, and Sam on the d-line.

  3. omniscient48 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:23 PM

    And if a frog had wings it could fly

  4. dcviking says: Jan 4, 2014 1:09 PM

    Is the one who throat punched the OSU quarterback after one his touchdown passes last night.

    What a friggin bush league move that was…

  5. packer42390 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:20 PM

    Actually the throat punch was delivered by Markus Golden

  6. bigdawg24 says: Jan 4, 2014 2:31 PM

    He will join a long line of other sucessful Mizzou DLs in the NFL (Richardson, A Smith, J Smith, Z Hood, etc)

  7. dcviking says: Jan 4, 2014 3:41 PM

    @packer42390 -

    Thanks for the clarification — I knew it was 33, can I couldn’t tell if it was this guy or not.

    Stay warm tomorrow!

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