NFL Mock Draft 2014: Top Half of Round 1

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Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) lines up during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT

14. Chicago Bears
Kony Ealy
DE, Missouri

The Bears’ offense is underrated.  Now that the QB scenario has been secured with Jay Cutler’s new contract extension, my guess is that Chicago concentrates on the defensive side of the ball early in this year’s draft.  Freakishly athletic, Ealy needs to work on his technique at the net level and this seems like a good fit on the opposite side of Julius Peppers.  Some scouts believe Ealy is nothing more than a 3rd round pick.  The combine will give Ealy a chance to prove them wrong.