Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Missouri won 41-31. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Grade: Carolina Panthers Select DE Kony Ealy, Missouri


With the 60th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers have selected Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri.

The Panthers are clearly taking advantage of a fall of one of the draft’s better players here. Ealy doesn’t fill a need presently but if they end up losing Greg Hardy, this is a pretty nice value pick for Carolina that could pay dividends down the road.

Ealy has the ability to get pressure on the QB, and the Panthers have placed a major emphasis on that in recent years. They could have definitely used an offensive tackle though, so we’ll see how that turns out.

Pick Grade: B+

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