2014 DBN Mock Draft: New England Patriots Select DE Kony Ealy at No. 29

Joe Robbins

With the 29th pick in the 2014 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

This selection and write-up was made by roar888:

The Patriots are in serious need of depth on the defensive line, particularly on the outside. Having a solid rotation in the trenches is a huge factor in the defense's effectiveness later in the game. Ealy is the perfect candidate for that third DE, the one who can step in and play up to half the snaps with minimal production drop off. He has great size and athleticism, and his pass rushing skills make him a good fit in the Patriots' four man front.

Ealy's raw talent also means that he could start for New England in the near future, making this more than just a depth pick.  He showed serious potential at Missouri, logging 14.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks in his final season there. His biggest downside is a lack of power and strength, but because the Patriots will not expect him to start right away, they can deliberately rotate him into situations that minimize that weakness until he develops the frame and footwork to minimize it himself.

Ealy's immediate role for the Patriots will be as a rotational pass rusher, though his snaps will likely be punctuated with big plays. He has a lot of raw talent, and he will make a case for more playing time right out of the gate.

This is the definition of an un-sexy first-round pick, and it seems to fit what the Patriots would do. This seems to be the direction the Patriots are going, though -- re-building the defensive line. This won't be a pick that wins the Patriots a championship this year, but it has the long-term mentality in mind.

The San Francisco 49ers are up next, led by corey.freuen.

2014 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Position School Username
1 Houston Texans Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Weeden2Gordon
2 St. Louis Rams Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Matt Wood
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo Bumblyjack
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Ryan216
5 Oakland Raiders Greg Robinson OT Auburn TuckJob
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Haden Dawg
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Henry Dawg
8 Minnesota Vikings Derek Carr QB Fresno State PaduaDSP
9 Buffalo Bills Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Stigosaurus
10 Detroit Lions Sammy Watkins WR Clemson tmptplayer
11 Tennessee Titans Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St. Brownie's Year
12 New York Giants Anthony Barr OLB UCLA MJRisme
13 St. Louis Rams Blake Bortles QB UCF Matt Wood
14 Chicago Bears Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama The Beast Mode
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State Siberian Husky
16 Dallas Cowboys Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Royce Groff
17 Baltimore Ravens Calvin Pryor S Louisville OhioCityBrownsBeliever
18 New York Jets Mike Evans WR Texas A&M OldSaltyDawg
19 Miami Dolphins Ryan Shazier ILB Ohio State Brocolis154033
20 Arizona Cardinals C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama a2342432a
21 Green Bay Packers Jimmie Ward S N. Illinois Manly and Loving It
22 Philadelphia Eagles Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Ted Washington's Belly
23 Kansas City Chiefs Odell Beckham Jr WR LSU Legoman0721
24 Cincinnati Bengals Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech troy145
25 San Diego Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU Crawford_T
26 Cleveland Browns Allen Robinson WR Penn State StuckInPa
27 New Orleans Saints Dee Ford DE Auburn Adam Rice
28 Carolina Panthers Marqise Lee WR USC Jon Stinchcomb
29 New England Patriots Kony Ealy DE Missouri roar888
30 San Francisco 49ers corey.freuen
31 Denver Broncos Bizono
32 Seattle Seahawks KillerNut
33 Houston Texans Weeden2Gordon
34 Washington Redskins rufio
35 Cleveland Browns Mpasadyn740
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