Cleveland Browns draft profile: DeForest Buckner
DeForest Buckner Profile
Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6-foot-7, 291 pounds
School: University of Oregon
2015 – 83 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 5 pass deflections
2014 – 81 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 4 pass deflections
2013 – 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass deflection
2012 – 29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 0 pass deflections
2016 NFL Draft Range: Top 10 – 1st Round
DeForest Buckner brings an athletic freak of nature for a man of his size. At 6-foot-7 and almost 300 pounds, Buckner has the size, athletic ability and pure power to dominate at the next level similar to his college career.
After only playing partially his first two seasons at Oregon, Buckner was inserted into the starting lineup from the beginning of his junior season in 2014 and he certainly did not disappoint.
He thrives on pushing back opposing linemen with a combination of speed and power, and his reach (34 3/8 inches) makes it nearly impossible to defend him in a one-on-one situation.
Buckner received first team All Pac-12 honors in 2014 and followed that up his senior year by being named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Ted Hendricks Award winner, while also being names first team USA Today All-American honors.
Buckner’s familiarity with playing in a 3-4 defensive scheme helps his draft stock as most NFL teams with early selections of the 2016 NFL Draft utilize it. That brings us to the question of how well would the young man fit with the Cleveland Browns.
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