2022 DFF Draft Coverage: Jerrion Ealy

Jerrion Ealy | Mississippi 5’8” 189 lbs. | 08/19/2000 (Age 21)

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Jerrion Ealy was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

 Year  Games Played    Attempts    Yards    Yards/Attempt    TDs  
 2019 (FR)  12  104  722  6.9  6
 2020 (SO)    9  147  745   5.1  9
 2021 (JR)  12  133  768  5.8  5

While Snoop Conner served as the Rebel’s short-yardage/goal-line rusher, Ealy was used as the “do it all” type of back. He posted consistent numbers, as he topped 700 yards rushing in all three seasons at Ole Miss. On top of scoring 20 rushing touchdowns during his three-year career, Ealy also hauled in four receiving touchdowns and two kick return scores. During his collegiate career, he also hauled in a combined 67 receptions for 545 yards, indicating that he can be a viable third-down option in the NFL. 

STRENGTHS

Runs with quick, twitchy feet. Uses lateral cuts, as he makes a ton of defenders miss in the open field. Very reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield. Sticky hands and is able to stretch the defense as a receiver. Mr. “can do it all,” as he’s scored as a rusher, receiver, and a kick returner during his collegiate career. 

WEAKNESSES 

Below average size for his position. Lacks great speed and doesn’t have a second gear. Not used as an interior runner. Lacks great burst through the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t have great strength. Also has a history of concussions on his medical report. 

ATHLETIC TESTING

At the NFL combine, Ealy measured in at 5’8” and 189 lbs. Which equates to a BMI of 28.7. He ran a  slower than expected 4.52 40-yard dash (72nd percentile), equating to a 90.6-speed score (29th percentile). Ealy also displayed a 122.7 burst score (72nd percentile), an agility score of 11.42 (49th percentile), and a college dominator of 17.4 percent (26th). 

Ealy lacks great speed and strength for his position. He makes up for it with his athleticism, as he posted the top broad jump (128”) out of any running back at the combine. His elite leaping ability mixed with his athleticism will serve him well at the pro level. 

FANTASY INSIGHTS

The Chiefs drastically addressed the running back position this offseason. When healthy, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the team’s RB1. They opted to move on from both Darrel Williams and Jerrick McKinnon. Then they added Ronald Jones II and drafted Isaih Pacheco in the seventh round. On top of that, they retained Derrick Gore and now welcome Ealy as an undrafted free agent. 

It’s going to take an impressive offseason from the former three-time All-SEC performer to make the team. At best, he serves as the team’s  RB4 when September rolls around. But he shouldn’t be drafted in any league format, and he may not even be worth a spot on your taxi squad unless he finds himself playing for someone else when the season starts. 

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