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Missouri consensus All-American Shane Ray declares for 2015 NFL Draft

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After word started to leak a little earlier this week about the possibility of Missouri defensive end and SEC Defensive Player of the Year Shane Ray leaving the Tigers for the NFL, the star defensive player made the announcement official Wednesday. Ray will forgo his senior season at Missouri and enter the NFL Draft this spring.

Ray was a consensus All-American this season and his departure to the NFL comes as no surprise given his production and draft stock at the end of the 2014 season. In mid-November, Josh Norris of Rotoworld ranked Ray sixth among edge rushers behind players like Nebraska’s Randy Gregory and Baylor’s Shawn Oakman, although some believe Ray has become worthy of a top 10 pick. Missouri has a decent track record with sending defensive linemen through the NFL Draft. Under head coach Gary Pinkel, 10 of the 27 Mizzou players to be drafted have been defensive linemen. Last year’s draft saw Missouri send defensive ends Kony Ealy and Michael Sam through the draft.

Ray recorded 65 tackles this past season, including 47 solo tackles and a team-high 22.5 tackles for as loss. Among those tackles for a loss were a team-high 14.5 sacks. Together with the graduation of Markus Golden, Mizzou will lose its top two sack-producers heading into 2015.

NFL Draft: SEC wins round two by edging Big Ten and Pac-12

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The SEC led the way in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft with 11 players drafted by NFL teams. In the second round the SEC once again pumped out more NFL talent than just about every other conference, but the Big Ten left a significant mark as well. The SEC turned in seven draft picks, edging the Big Ten when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt with the final pick of the second round.

It took a while before we finally saw some running backs drafted (three of them, in fact) but the second round focused on wide receivers and linemen.

Here is the full round two breakdown, by conference.

SEC: 7

42. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
44. OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
51. DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
55. RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
60. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
63. WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
64. OT Justin Britt, Missouri

Big Ten: 6

37. DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
56. WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
57. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
58. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
59. OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
61. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

Pac-12: 6

33. OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
38. TE Austin Seferia-Jenkins, Washington
39. WR Marqise Lee, USC
45. WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
47. DE Trent Murphy, Stanford
54. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington

Mountain West: 5

34. DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
35. OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
36. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
44. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
53. WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

ACC: 3

41. CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
48. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
50. LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

 

Independent: 3

40. LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
46. DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
52. TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

Big 12: 1

49. TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Non FBS: 1

62. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

Which positions were drafted in the second round?

Defensive Line: 7

Wide Receiver: 7

Offensive Line: 6

Tight End: 3

Running Back: 3

Cornerback: 2

Linebacker: 2

Quarterback: 2

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.