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2014 defensive linemen to watch

2/28/2013
Detroit Loyola defensive end Malik McDowell, an ESPN Watch List selection, is one of the nation's best in the 2014 class. Tom Hauck for ESPN.com

After a banner defensive line haul in 2012 that included two U.S. Army All-Americans, a Semper Fidelis All-American, a junior college All-American and a couple of other athletic rush ends, the Ducks came up mostly empty in the Class of 2013. If not for the signing day flip of rush end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor), the Ducks would have been in a big hole moving forward despite the talented group they signed in 2012.

Landing Prevot helped by adding to the bright future the Ducks have on the edge of the defensive front. The problem for the Ducks -- as always -- lies in the middle, where they will lose three seniors after the 2013 season.

A look at the Ducks' potential 2014 targets on the defensive line: