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Though teammate Michael Sam has earned plenty of pre-draft attention for his lifestyle off the field, Ealy is by far the more polished pro prospect between the two Missouri bookend defenders and a projected first-round lock. Considered the best defensive end in this year's draft not named Jadeveon Clowney, Ealy had two fewer sacks (9 1/2) and 4 1/2 fewer tackles for loss (14 1/2) than Sam in 2013, but has more athletic upside than the SEC's defensive player of the year. A strong edge rusher who is expected to star as a 3-technique lineman at the pro level, Ealy made a remarkable improvement last year after he recorded 4 1/2 sacks and 13 tackles for loss during his first two seasons in Columbia. Known for his lightning-quick burst off the snap, Ealy will likely to be a handful right off the bat for even the most successful NFL tackles. He's also shown the ability to close quickly on the ball to disrupt either a passer or ball carrier. While Clowney struggled during the 3-cone drill - a key scouting barometer when judging defensive lineman - at the combine, Ealy led all ends with a time of 6.83 seconds in the event. The performance reinforced he has the quickness and agility to be a natural fit in a 4-3 defensive formation or perhaps even a solid rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. If there's a knock against Ealy, it's that he needs to improve his hand positioning and shed opposing blockers quicker. However, that's something his defensive coaches could easily remedy at the next level.