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Panthers add to defensive line with Kony Ealy

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The Panthers ignored the biggest need on their roster, to add depth to their deepest position.

With the 60th pick in the NFL Draft, they bypassed some starting offensive tackle options to add defensive end Kony Ealy from Missouri.

The Panthers currently have more than 20 percent of their salary cap tied up in defensive ends Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.

But with Hardy a short-timer on the franchise tag, there’s no guarantee both will be there in 2015.

Ealy slid, as many thought he was a first-round talent. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder could also rush from inside, something both Johnson and Hardy excel at.

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10 Responses to “Panthers add to defensive line with Kony Ealy”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: May 9, 2014 9:16 PM

    Kony 2014

  2. barsfordays says: May 9, 2014 9:17 PM

    Kony 2012?!?!?!?!!!!?!!?!?!? Bad news!

  3. shecklesmckenzie says: May 9, 2014 9:53 PM

    You are looking at this wrong. They got him to replace Charles Johnson, not Hardy. Look at that cap number.

  4. teek77 says: May 9, 2014 10:24 PM

    Wonder if he can play OT??? If they are drafting to prepare for 2015, they will certainly end up with an earlier pick in the 1st Round of next year’s draft. We have too many holes in the offense. Even Superman might fall through all those holes!

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 9, 2014 10:36 PM

    shouldve drafted a qb. if i was a panther fan , i wouldn’t be sold on cam newton. i’ve watched a few panther games, and i dont see whats so special about cam. cam should be thanking his defence everyday.

  6. aldavis4president says: May 10, 2014 1:17 AM

    ^^^ I’ll take cam over kaep any day!. It’s a OL deep draft. That run game and new toys at WR to play with will bring him back to his rookie year 4k + season, the last good season from Steve Smith, the only good WR cam has had.

  7. purpleguy says: May 10, 2014 1:36 AM

    This guy’s backstory is pretty good Panther fans — he’s co-legal guardian of his older disabled sister. This is the type of player a fan can really get behind. I hope he is a pro bowler and has a long productive career.

  8. noelspot says: May 10, 2014 1:55 AM

    Because they have no other pressing needs? Championship….

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 10, 2014 9:02 AM

    Gettlman loves him some defensive linemen. I think they have a good one in Ealy and he should be a good fit in their defense that is already very good.

  10. pantherpablo says: May 10, 2014 12:34 PM

    Drafting a guy with 1st round talent at the end of the 2nd round is great value. If the pick doesn’t make sense to some people, maybe you’re still used to Marty Hurney running things. Don’t worry, Gettleman knows what he’s doing.

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