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Kony Ealy says he is the best defensive end in the draft

Kony Ealy AP

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is widely considered the top defensive line prospect in the NFL Draft. Clowney could even be selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

However, another pass rusher from the SEC believes he is the best defensive end in this year’s draft class.

According to Tom Pelissero of the USA Today, Missouri defensive end Kony Early says that he believes he is the best at the position in this year’s draft class.

“I feel like I’m the best guy in this draft, period,” Ealy said. “And that’s not a cocky thing — that’s just a confidence thing. It’s not just talk. It’s been proven. My numbers show for it. My size and speed and agility show for it. What else can you want?”

Ealy is also considered to be a first round selection and did produce more statistically than Clowney did last season. Ealy had 9.5 sacks for the Tigers while Clowney posted just three sacks for South Carolina. However, college production doesn’t necessarily equate to the highest projection when it comes to the NFL.

Nevertheless, Ealy is still extremely confident in his own abilities.

“There’s no knocking [Clowney],” Ealy said. “But I’m the best defensive end in this draft. I may not have a whole lot of hype, but I don’t [need] anybody to acknowledge me.”

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28 Responses to “Kony Ealy says he is the best defensive end in the draft”
  1. spasticpickle says: Apr 22, 2014 11:07 PM

    KONY 2012

  2. ridnaway says: Apr 22, 2014 11:09 PM

    Would love to have a Cincinnati Kony!

  3. grimreaper12 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:13 PM

    Has he ever heard of Clowney?LOL

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 22, 2014 11:16 PM

    Well he doesn’t have the stats of Khalil Mack beaten including the career Forced Fumbles record. It will be interesting to see how high he goes in this exciting 1st Round!

  5. htowntexan says: Apr 22, 2014 11:22 PM

    No one is better than the almighty Clowney. He had three sacks last year. We are all in awe.

  6. kegrun says: Apr 22, 2014 11:29 PM

    He’s incorrect.

  7. canadianbucsfan says: Apr 22, 2014 11:31 PM

    lol… Kony is a very raw prospect, I can see him struggling his friend season. A defensive end I like better in this draft class that doesn’t get a lot of attention, Scott Chrichton. He’s not a great athlete but damn this guy is a good football player with a great motor.

  8. doe22us says: Apr 22, 2014 11:34 PM

    I guess you can prove it when you get into the NFL over the next couple of years..

  9. jetswithnoengine says: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 PM

    That’s how every player should think

  10. swaggyy says: Apr 22, 2014 11:41 PM

    “Well I’m the best defensive end in the draft. When you try me with a sorry end like Clowney, that’s the result you gon get.”

  11. kbdl31 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:44 PM

    Why is it news every time a player calls themself the best at their position in the draft? It’s the way every top prospect should be acting right now.

  12. jimboslice23 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:44 PM

    Yeah? And I would be big time if I didn’t sprain my ankle back in ’06

  13. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 22, 2014 11:46 PM

    Wait. What? He didn’t say he was the best EVER?

    The draft can’t get here fast enough….

  14. bennyb82 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:47 PM

    But can you knock off a RB’s helmet in the backfield, force a fumble, and recover it with one arm?

  15. andymc58 says: Apr 22, 2014 11:47 PM

    Well, Kony, you actually kinda do need someone to acknowledge you. It’s pretty much the most important thing that you’ll do at the most important time in your lifetime.

  16. alexandrasmith11 says: Apr 23, 2014 12:08 AM

    KONY 2012!

  17. jdphx says: Apr 23, 2014 12:21 AM

    “I may not have a whole lot of hype, but I don’t [need] anybody to acknowledge me.”

    Yet my entire comment SCREAMS “look at me!”

  18. sportsbastard says: Apr 23, 2014 12:39 AM

    He’s probably right. Even Spurrier acknowledges that Clowney is a lolligagger.

  19. cursedvikings1998 says: Apr 23, 2014 2:31 AM

    Sadly he’ll be a top 20 pick, which means my team won’t land him. :(

  20. djscottyb says: Apr 23, 2014 3:02 AM

    Has not the inter webs taught us not to trust what #KONY says?
    #KONY2012.

  21. coachbeck says: Apr 23, 2014 3:13 AM

    would be good for him to go to cincy. They develop DL better than anyone. Problem is that they can take 3rd and 4th rounders and make em studs.

    I guess if all the corners are gone they will look at him

  22. SAV says: Apr 23, 2014 4:51 AM

    Kony is a beheamoth, plays like he’s out for blood, like the little who got lunch money stolen on the last day of school and came back with a black belt. I think he has a high motor and plays with reckless abandon. Id love to see him as a Raven

  23. tuucamaron says: Apr 23, 2014 5:54 AM

    Lol

  24. cylondetector says: Apr 23, 2014 6:09 AM

    Welcome to Kony Island!!

  25. countyk66ers says: Apr 23, 2014 6:45 AM

    If you watched the CapOne Bowl game you would have seen Clowney not looking so great.

  26. markpugner says: Apr 23, 2014 7:31 AM

    We’re going to make Kony famous in 2014

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 23, 2014 9:35 AM

    Ealy represents good value late in the first round. He had an excellent time at the combine in the cone drill which is probably a better measure for DEs than a 40 time.

    A little undersized for DE but I think Ealy will be very good at the next level. Michael Sam got the attention at Missouri but Ealy will be better as a pro.

  28. wdnemesis says: Apr 23, 2014 12:11 PM

    I mean would you draft a player that doubted himself and said he was just OK at his position?

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