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Prospect Profile: DeForest Buckner

Defensive line | Oregon | Senior

Height: 6 feet, 7 inches | Weight:291 pounds

College stats

2015: recorded 83 tackles (45 solo), 17 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks (most in the Pac-12) and five pass breakups in 13 games to earn Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors and placement on multiple All-American teams; the conference's opposing offensive linemen selected Buckner for the Morris Trophy

*Career: *made an impact from the moment he arrived in Eugene from his native Hawaii, garnering the team's Casanova Award as the top freshman in 2012; boosted production each season and finished with 231 tackles (109 solo), 35.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and 10 pass breakups

Combine results

40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds

Bench press: did not participate

Vertical jump: 32 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches

3-cone drill: 7.51 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.47 seconds


Summary: Buckner's back-to-back seasons of 80 or more tackles to close his career is impressive production on Oregon's three-man-front defensive line. Of his 163 tackles since the beginning of his junior season 29.5 were for losses of 134 combined yards and 14.5 were sacks of the quarterback.

Stacking up:Is he better off as a defensive end or defensive tackle? NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock rates Buckner as his top interior defensive line prospect among this year's draft class, while comrade Bucky Brooks list Buckner as the third-best defensive end. Daniel Jeremiah lists Buckner as a defensive tackle, but notes his body of work as a 3-4 defensive end in listing Buckner at No. 5 overall in his list of the top 50 prospects.

Potential pitfall?: Buckner's 6-7 frame, arms that were measured at 34 3/8 inches and hands that were measured at 11 3/4 inches give him a lot to work with and should help him be quite a tall tree for shorter quarterbacks to get the ball over or around. His 291 pounds should help him defend the run, but he's also shown the ability to penetrate. One potential pitfall that opposing offensive linemen might try to capitalize on, however, is winning the leverage battle.

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