2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Cincinnati Bengals, No. 24

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Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (1)

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Clint Chelf (10) reacts after being sacked by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) during the first half against the Missouri Tigers in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Stoney Keeley:

"The Bengals would love for Kyle Fuller to slide to No. 24, but there isn’t a chance they land him without trading up to grab him. Thankfully (?), they have a lot of needs on defense (perhaps none bigger than a Mike-Zimmer caliber coordinator). One of those needs is defensive end. Michael Johnson is now in Tampa Bay, and Margus Hunt simply didn’t pan out as a rookie. Ealy is the consensus No. 2 pure defensive end in this draft, so grabbing him at No. 24 isn’t exactly a letdown. Though his biggest question mark is speed, Ealy has an established body of work that can be trusted. He should be a nice fit in Cincy."