Breaking Burgundy's Film Analyst Paul Conner will be in the lab crunching film on college prospects up until the 2016 NFL Draft. He will be sharing his notes on each player he watches throughout the process.
Weight: 290 lbs
Ben Standig's mock draft for CSNmidatlantic.com: No. 4 to the Cowboys (1/15)
(Analysis vs. Michigan State, Washington, and Washington State)
Strengths: At 6'7" and with an imposing wingspan, Buckner is blessed with length. He uses his wingspan to keep blockers off him. Interior offensive lineman tend to have shorter arms so Buckner becomes a real problem on the inside. With violent hands, it sometimes looks like he's shaking offensive lineman for their lunch money. Buckner is a 1-gap penetrator from the 5-Tech position. He has a great blend of power and quickness to keep offensive lineman guessing. Because of that blend, Buckner is very versatile and can play many spots across the defensive line. He does a pretty good job shedding blocks at the point of attack. Opposing teams would also put more than one body on Buckner so it opened up opportunities for others. Finished with 10.5 sacks last season for the Ducks.
Concerns: Although he has violent hands, he needs more moves and gets caught hand-fighting. Buckner could use development in setting up his rushes. He has room to grow in shedding blocks. Usually quick to penetrate, Buckner can't fully disengage which makes him miss out on plays. Because of his height, he can sometimes get too high and lose his balance while getting blocked.
If drafted by Redskins: Probably a longshot barring a trade up, but Buckner would play 5-Tech (3-4 DE) in base formations if he was brought to Washington. In pass situations, Buckner is powerful enough to move inside to 1-Tech (run-stuffing DT) and agile enough to move to 3-Tech (pass rushing DT). Redskins currently have a lot of questions to answer on the defensive line this offseason but adding youth regardless should be a priority.
Paul Conner is the Film Analyst and a Draft Evaluator at Breaking Burgundy. You can follow him on Twitter @P_ConnerJr
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