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Old 02-13-2014, 03:31 PM   #867
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Default Re: Draft. What's our biggest need?

I've talked about Kony Ealy before, but he's an interesting pick at 15.

At face value, Ealy may be in the top two pass rushers in this years class. He's long and has freakish athletic ability for his size. At 6'5, 275 lbs. he has an explosive first step and has the ability to bend and use his strength and speed to get around Tackles at the next level, a la Aldon Smith. While he weighs 275, he moves like he's 250. He does struggle against the run, but at Missouri he was asked to pass rush the majority of his snaps, also like Smith at Missouri.

People have expressed concern about his size and whether or not he'd be able to play OLB at 275. I think people are confusing weight with BMI. For example, LaMarr Woodley played in that 275 - 280 pound range.

This is Woodley:



This is Kony Ealy:



They may both be around 275 lbs., but Ealy possesses much more muscle tone and has a taller frame. He may need to shed about 5 - 8 lbs. to get into that 267 - 270 range, but that's nitpicking at this point.
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