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7) Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) looks to pass the ball as Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy (47) attempts the tackle during the first half of the game at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

While selecting a defensive end not named Clowney isn’t going to excite many people, the likely departure of Willie Young leaves a spot open for Detroit to make this move if it comes to it. While unlikely the six players listed before Ealy are gone, he’d be a week one starter at a position of need.