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DeForest Buckner gets in on a tackle.
The next two spots were extremely difficult to separate, but the defensive line finds itself at No. 3 for a variety of reasons.
The biggest thing working in Oregon's favor on the defensive line is its incredible depth. Taylor Hart is one of the more underrated players in recent memory. Wade Keliikipi and Ricky Havili-Heimuli are experienced veterans with some major bulk. Younger players like Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner have all the potential in the world.
On top of the aforementioned crew, Jared Ebert is returning from injury, Christian French and Tony Washington will be making plays from Dion Jordan's drop-end position and a third youngster, defensive tackle Alex Balducci, played quite well for a freshman toward the end of last season.
Regular contributors Isaac Remington and Jordan are gone, and they will be missed. But despite Jordan going high in the NFL draft, he didn't exactly dominate on defense. He was a key player, but the Ducks have more than enough depth to overcome his loss, and statistically there's a great chance that Washington will end up being more productive.
The defensive line is without superstars (yet), which is why it isn't higher on the list. But there aren't many depth charts better than the one the Ducks have heading into 2013.