Draft Profile: DeForest Buckner
Deforest Buckner, defensive end for the Oregon Ducks, has been projected to be the second highest picked player at his position in the NFL draft. The draft will take place on April 28. In 2015, Buckner won the Pat Tillman defensive player of the year. Expert analysts have ranked him in the top three of all rookie defensive ends, and have also have also predicted him to be drafted in the top 10.
Buckner must have a lot of strengths to be projected to go in the top 10. Over his three years of playing football for the Ducks, Buckner has 17 sacks. He has 94 solo tackles, as well as 109 assisted tackles, and 33.5 of those tackles have been for loss. His success on the field is going to contribute to where he gets drafted and how much he will get paid. Buckner certainly has the build of defensive end, with a weight of 281 pounds and height of 6’7. Plenty of teams could use a player like Buckner and with very good reasoning. Three out of the five experts have predicted Buckner going 10 overall to the New York Giants. The Giants could use Buckner due to their lack of pass rush last season and with their main pass rusher Jason Pierre Paul set to hit free agency. Others have him going as high as sixth overall to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are in high demand of another pass rusher. In 2016 the Ravens only had 37 sacks and Buckner could be the one to raise that number up for next season.
“I think he’ll go high in the first round either to the Ravens or even as high to the Dallas Cowboys.” Said Colton Lee [‘18].
At the combine Buckner ran a 5.05 second 40 yard dash and also had 32 inch vertical jump. As for other events, Buckner had a nine feet and 8 inch broad jump, 7.51 three cone drill, and a 4.47 20 yard shuttle. His draft interest has definitely risen after impressing combine statistics. Most draft experts now have him ranked as the second defensive end in the draft right behind Joey Bosa, the defensive end for the Ohio State Buckeyes.