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Defensive line

Current situation: Seattle lost three key players from its seven-man rotation in ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons and tackle Clinton McDonald. Seattle did re-sign end Michael Bennett and Tony McDaniel and also returns Cliff Avril and Brandon Mebane of those who played regularly in 2013.

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Defensive linemen taken by Seahawks the last four years, at least one in each draft.

Who might be there at No. 32: Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame. Tuitt didn’t have a great senior season, but has the frame to possibly fill Bryant’s role.

Who might be there later in the draft: Deandre Coleman, Cal. The former Garfield star is viewed as a late-round pick who could emerge as an early-down run stuffer, ala Mebane.

Outlook: One of Seattle’s greatest strengths last year was its depth on the defensive line. That took a hit in the offseason, and Seattle will have to rely on some younger players this year, such as 2012 draftee Greg Scruggs and 2013 draft picks Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill. But Seattle likely will try to add more defensive linemen in this draft.

Coming tomorrow: Wide receiver/tight end

Bob Condotta

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