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UPDATE: Missouri's Kony Ealy, Justin Britt picked in NFL second round

Friday, May 9, 2014 | 9:07 p.m. CDT
Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy runs the 40-yard dash at Mizzou Pro day on March 20. The Carolina Panthers selected Ealy with the 60th pick in the NFL draft Friday.

Updated to include information about former Missouri offensive lineman Justin Britt being selected by the Seattle Seahawks.

COLUMBIA — Former Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy was selected No. 60 overall in the NFL draft Friday by the Carolina Panthers.

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Four picks later, former Missouri offensive lineman Justin Britt was the second round caboose, selected by Seattle at No. 64 overall.

Britt is the 14th offensive lineman to be taken in the draft.

Former Missouri wide receiver L'Damian Washington sent a tweet to Britt after the NFL announced his selection. 

 

In his three seasons at Missouri, Ealy played in 38 games. He registered 93 total tackles, including 14 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Ealy's nine sacks in 2013 placed him fourth among Southeastern Conference defensive players.

Carolina's defense led the NFL in 2013 with 60 sacks.

ESPN analyst Field Yates said in a phone interview with the Missourian that Carolina is a great spot for Ealy, seeing as defensive ends Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson both have one year left on their contracts.

Yates also compared Ealy's NFL-ceiling to that of Buccaneers defensive end Michael Johnson, who came over to Tampa Bay from Cincinnati on a 5-year, $43 million deal in free agency.

As far as how Ealy's collegiate success may translate to Carolina, Yates is optimistic.

"Very impressive," Yates said of Ealy. "Dependable edge player, which you can never have enough of in today's NFL."

When asked why Ealy slid to Panthers in the second round, Yates said, "I wish I had a better answer."

Ealy did not respond to calls or texts from the Missourian.

Supervising editor is Erik Hall.


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