It’s a fact: Jadeveon Clowney will be drafted before the Seattle Seahawks get a chance to lure him to the Emerald City. However, that shouldn’t be cause for concern for Seattleites. There’s still hope to increase the effectiveness of a defensive line that recorded 44 sacks last year.
That hope comes in the form of a 6-foot-5 monster who headlined a Missouri defense that only gave up about 265 yards per game to opposing offenses last year. This monster’s name is Kony Ealy. It seemed as if he enjoyed pressuring quarterbacks, as evidenced by his eight sacks last year.
The Seahawks don’t need to replenish a depleted defensive line — the team needs to add onto it. Being inserted into a 4-3 scheme at Missouri, Ealy seems like a perfect fit for the Seahawks. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn prefers to run a 4-3 defense, and it has seemingly worked to perfection thus far.
Ealy would fit right in.
According to NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport, several NFL teams could force Ealy to gain 15 pounds, converting him to defensive tackle. The Seahawks would be one of those teams benefiting from that transformation. If Ealy were to be drafted by Seattle and able to gain 15 more pounds, he could add depth to the already impressive Seahawks’ defensive tackle slot.
Already weighing in at 273 pounds, Ealy is a physical freak. He is a unique specimen in that he is able to combine his speed with an uncanny amount of strength. Putting up 225 pounds 22 times at the NFL combine, Ealy showed scouts and analysts alike that he is able to excel at the next level.
Ealy might not have accumulated the same amount of hype as Clowney, but he has the potential to be drafted in the first round. Just wait and see.