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DE Ealy earns props from OT Jake Matthews

Posted by Chris Brown on April 13, 2014 – 9:50 am

Their teams were both new to the SEC, but Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews, who is widely forecast to be a top 10 pick in the draft this spring knows the best pass rusher he faced in college wasn’t from one of the traditional power schools in the SEC.

Matthews, who had a pre-draft visit with the Bills Wednesday, was asked who the most challenging pass rusher was for him in his college career and he cited Missouri DE Kony Ealy.

“I thought Kony Ealy was really good at Missouri,” said Matthews. “Real aggressive, big and strong. Mixed up his pass rush moves real well.”

Ealy, who is profiled in our Countdown to Draft Day presented by Time Warner Cable today, had four tackles, including one for loss and a quarterback hurry in the game. Missouri won the contest 28-21 in Columbia.

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Support for Sam from Missouri teammate

Posted by johnmurphyshow on February 23, 2014 – 10:51 am

Missouri DE Michael Sam was the focus of attention at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, less than two weeks after his public announcement that he is gay.

And a Missouri Tigers teammate voiced his support for Sam when he took the podium in Indianapolis. DE Kony Ealy, regarded as the 2nd best defensive end in the draft (after Jadeveon Clowney) says he’d go to war with Michael Sam any day.

“A loving brother, he’s caring to the team,” is how Ealy described Sam at the combine. “He’s always singing, which gets on my nerves sometimes, but other than that, he’s just fun to be around, fun to play with. I know at the end of the day he’s gonna do his job. No other guy I’d rather go to war with.”

Ealy is a 6-5, 275 pound pass rush specialist who left Missouri early to enter the draft. He’s projected to be a mid-1st round pick in the May NFL draft.

He said he has little doubt that Michael Sam will be able to handle all the attention he’s getting since his dramatic announcement earlier this month.

“Like a professional,” he responded, when asked how Sam will deal with the scrutiny. “He’s not a college player anymore, he’s a professional and I expect him to handle it no other way, just go
in there and do his job and make plays.”

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