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Meet The Prospect: DeForest Buckner

Posted Mar 16, 2016

Defensive line is one of the deepest positions in this year’s class, and Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner is one of the most dynamic defensive players in the NFL Draft. Blessed with an impressive combination of size, speed and skill, he’s projected to be selected in early portion of the first round.

At 6-7 and 281 pounds, Buckner figures as a player who could fit in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 front. The Hawaii native is also unique in that he’s equally adept as both an edge-rusher and as a run-stopper. As a senior, Buckner finished second on the Ducks in tackles (83) and first in tackles for loss (17) and sacks (10.5) en route to Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-America honors.

Because of his massive frame, many have compared him to defensive end Calais Campbell, an eight-year pro who has earned Pro Bowl trips in each of the past two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. But some believe that his ceiling is higher than that of Campbell, primarily because of his quick feet and proficiency against the run. With the Eagles shifting from a 3-4 to a 4-3, Buckner would likely figure as an end in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’ pass-rush heavy scheme, but he could also slide inside on passing downs.

Scouting Report From NFL.com

"Impressive NFL-ready physique. Has natural strength and power in his hands and improved their effectiveness this year. Not a content player, Buckner plays with effort and will continue working hands and feet to improve his positioning. Light went on as pass rusher in 2015. Generated top-end production by combining his power and dynamic athletic traits. Improved his pad level as rusher creating dominating pocket push that he was able to convert into sacks and knockdowns. Rare tackle production for defensive lineman with 163 over last two seasons. Long arms and good play speed allow him maximum field coverage to tackle. Flexible upper body. Can flip shoulders, then hips around the edge of blockers allowing him to play on the other side of the line. Has size and athleticism for scheme versatility. Quick off the snap and difficult to cut-off in run game." - Lance Zierlein

What He Said

"This season, I just felt like a bully on the field. I was just more comfortable. I knew coming into this season, I could really have my way with some guys. And when I stepped on the field, I just tried to be a bully." - DeForest Buckner on his improvement in 2015

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