DeForest Buckner

Defensive End #44
Senior 6’7″ 290

Written by TJ Randall
DeForest Buckner was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year registering 83 tackles, 17 TFL, and 10.5 sacks in 2015.

  • Size and length makes it difficult for offensive linemen to create separation
  • Explosive first step and out of stance
  • Tremendous level of production despite facing constant double teams
  • Numbers suggest he improved each year
  • Can be a stand up edge rusher
  • Incredible strength that allows him to bull rush and make arm tackles
  • Good gap integrity
  • Disrupts passing lanes
  • Has the size to play as a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive tackle
  • Strong anchor, rarely gets driven back
  • Good motor
  • Sound tackler
  • Disengages well
  • Leans on offensive linemen rather than relying on his length
  • Inconsistent hand placement, often grabbing the shoulders of offensive linemen
  • Doesn’t strike offensive linemen with a violent or strong initial punch
  • Gets washed down easily
  • Needs to improve his array of pass rush moves
  • Will stand straight up when engaged
  • Struggles to fight double teams
  • Doesn’t read screen very well
  • Needs to do “Pros” more consistently

Projected round value: Top 15
NFL comp: Arik Armstead

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  1. Brandon's NFL Big Board: Top 50 - The Draftster
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