DE DeForest Buckner: Drafted
Round 1, Pick 7
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Panahou (Honolulu, Hawaii)
34 3/8-inch arm length
11 3/4-inch hands
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 2 defensive end in the draft
No. 5 overall prospect
Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year as well as being named first team all-Pac-12 in 2015. He led the conference in sacks (10.5) and fourth in Tackles for Loss (17). Buckner was named USA Today first team All-American and was honored by the Associated Press on the AP second team All-America squad.
One of the most memorable plays in Bucker’s career was in the 2015 Rose Bowl in which he deflected a pass from Jameis Winston that was pulled in by teammate Erick Dargan. The turnover was one of five turnovers that ultimately resulted in Oregon touchdowns. Buckner’s pass break up resulted in an interception that led to a touchdown scored by Mariota in Oregon’s 59-20 win over Florida State.
Buckner appeared in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, the 2013 Alamo Bowl, the 2015 Rose Bowl, the 2015 National Championship game and the 2015 Alamo Bowl.
Expert Breakdown: “Buckner was a traits prospect who flashed with quickness, strength and overall athleticism, but he put those traits together in 2015. Buckner has the body type of a classic 3-4 defensive end who can control the point of attack with length and power, but he has above average pass rush potential for that position which figures to push him into the early stages of round one. Buckner has similar power to former teammate Arik Armstead, but is a much better pass rusher and has a chance to become a dominant force in the NFL.” -Lance Zierlein
Buckner Says: “This season I had a lot of success on the inside because I’m pretty quick against offensive guards and gives me the advantage of setting me apart from other interior linemen here (in the draft).”