DeForest Buckner- 5-T Oregon

 6-7, 291, 34.3" Arm, 21 Reps,

11 3/4" Hands! 32" V, 9'8" Br,

1.77 Split, 4.47 SS, (O) 5.05, 

Hands Down the Best. 

By TOM

I was watching NFL channel and saw Charles Davis gave Buckner to the Chargers at Three. "Offensive tackle is certainly an option here, with Philip Rivers aging and the line continuing to struggle last season," McShay said. "But Buckner would give San Diego a much-needed scheme-versatile defender who is a disruptive force against the run. He made great strides as a pass-rusher last season, finishing the Pac-12 season with 8.0 sacks in nine games. At 6-foot-7 and 291 pounds, Buckner is a perfect 5-technique in a 3-4." Then McShay followed suit as well. 

I loved that pick. I think Buckner is a top five prospect in this Draft. I was working on the Goff Tape, and was watching the Oregon game. Buckner is a freak. On one play he rammed through a double team block to smack down Goff, and on the next he was running forty yards down field to make a tackle from behind on an RB. In fact, I have to stop now to put him in my top five, or at least top five non QBs, because Wentz and Lynch will be top QBs in  the NFL (Goff is a bust waiting to happen).

He is so big and strong, and also freakishly athletic. But what makes him special is that he is an all out all the time guy. He plays the game like he hates the pretty offensive players. And he can really move. His burst up-field and lateral explosion are elite for any 5-Tech and DT. A 3-4 team has to be drooling over his potential as a 5-Tech. The Chargers are the first 3-4 team that can afford to take him. The question is can they afford not to take him. Ramsey is such a good DB prospect. Okay, Buckner is now 4th on my list, ahead of Bosa. 

I think Buckner is a better prospect than Bosa. But, Bosa and Buckner really are different players who play different position. Buckner dominates inside like no one else in this Draft. My problem has been trying to find a place for him to go in the top ten. But there are not a lot of guys who can bust the double team and hit the QB right up the gut, and still be able to run with an RB 40-yards downfield. 

It is important to remember that guys are not really drafted for what they did in college. They are drafted for what team Execs and coaches think they can do in the NFL. It is a projection. Yes, a large part of that projection is what they did in college. But there are certain physical traits that you must have to play in the NFL, and there are traits that the great ones have. Buckner not only has that unique blend of inside power and the ability to run down field with speed and hustle, he also had a great season last year.

2015: Oregon's second-leading tackler (83) and team's defensive Most Outstanding Player became only the school's second defender since 1983 to be named the Pac-12's Defensive Player-of-the-Year . . . Became the sixth Duck - fourth on defense - to win the prestigious Morris Trophy, voted on by opposing Pac-12 linemen who lined up across from him . . . One of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end was credited with seven or more tackles in each of his last six appearances, including a personal-best 10 stops in the win at Stanford . . . Included among his totals were six unassisted stops at Arizona State as well as five solo efforts vs. California, Oregon State, and TCU . . . Earning first-team All-America accolades by USA Today and second-team honors from the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America, he either led or shared the team lead in stops on four occasions and tallied more total tackles than any any of the school's previous down linemen in 27 years . . . Contributed eight stops against the Sun Devils and USC . . . Leading the league in QB sacks (10.5) and ranking fourth in TFLs (17), he was credited with tackles for loss in 12 of 13 games in addition to posting quarterback sacks in each of his final eight appearances of the season . . . Led Oregon in stops vs. Georgia State with seven (4 unassisted), including 2.5 TFLs (7 yards) and 1.5 QB sacks (6 yards) . . . Shared the team lead with six stops against Utah in addition to breaking up one pass and forcing a pair of quarterback hurries.

When a 5-Tech is the teams leading tackler, that is really saying something. He also made plays behind the LOS all season. As Bosa faltered with all the double teams, Buckner exploded through the doubles and into the backfield to garner and impressive 10.5 Sacks and 17 TFL, and Garnered about every award you can imagine: HONORS AND AWARDS 2015: Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Morris Trophy Award Winner, 1st-Team All-America (USA Today), 2nd-Team All-America (AP, FWAA), 1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference, Ted Hendricks Award Finalist (Top Defensive End), Bednarik Award Watch List (National Defensive Player of the Year), Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List (Best Defensive Player), Rotary Lombardi Trophy Watch List (National Lineman Award).

But he is not just a one year wonder. He was almost as good in 2014. 2014: The second-team Pac-12 all-conference selection led the team in tackles for loss (13) with the most by a defensive lineman in four years . . . Also paced the interior line with 81 tackles (36 unassisted) - tying for fourth-most on the team . . . Had two or more TFL in three games (UCLA, Washington, and the Pac-12 Championship game) . . . Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Arizona . . . Established a career-high in tackles against Arizona with 11 . . . Started and recorded at least one tackle in all 15 games during the Ducks' 2014 campaign . . . His four total QB sacks came against Wyoming, UCLA, Utah, and Arizona in the regular season meeting and Pac-12 Championship . . . Led Ducks linemen with four pass breakups . . . Recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Trophy, given to Oregon's top defensive lineman.

Great burst off the snap on short yardage. He can burst inside the OLT and get inside. He is so tough and resilient inside. He got hit and knocked three yards back by Conklin against Michigan ST, and then shoved him off. And got out to the flat and made the tackle on the RB on a sweep, and he did that consistently in game after game. 

He can get outside and take down the WR on a bubble screen. Pac 12 defensive player of the year. He had a great sack against TCU on 3rd down to force the punt. He lined up between the OLG and OLT. He swam over the OLG, shoved the OLT off, and dived into the QB. He shoves off the OG as quick as anyone, and is running to the ball. Then OLT tries to take him, and he just bursts inside and shoves off the OLT's inside arm and swims over it. Great lateral quickness. He will fake himself out sometime instead of attack up field. Great lateral hop outside that can make the OLT miss as well.

He has some very interesting speed when he can loop around the outside. He does a nice job clamping onto the OLT and staying in front of the RB, even when he is well blocked and pushed backwards. He does play high sometimes, and will get pushed back or knocked down. However, his speed to the QB and RB are what make him so special.

He is so big and light on his feet. He is so strong inside against the run. He has such powerful hands. When he slams into the QB it is impressive. He can look unblockable sometimes. This is my guy in the Draft. He is a huge 5-Tech/DT who can get to the QB and punish him. There are not a lot of guys his size who have that knack for hitting the quarterback. 11.75" hands. He can really move sideways while staying low.

Buckner is a rare guy who can consistently hit the quarterback, and is elite against the run. His size, strength, and explosion are top notch. He came back for his senior season when he really didn't have to, and had a great season. He is so explosive moving laterally and using his hands to stay in front of blockers. He is marvelous moving laterally with his hands and feet in balance, with power and violence. He see the play develop, and has the eyes and smarts to read it correctly, and the elite lateral explosion, feet, hands, and power to get to where he needs to stop the play. He is the best run stuffer in this Draft.

He reminds me a lot of Armstead, but he is tougher and stronger inside. "His comp is going to be Calais Campbell or Arik Armstead," a Scout said. "But I think he's more talented coming out than either one of those guys. He's twice the player Armstead was coming out." He can play the 5-tech and DT, and press the pocket on passing downs inside. Buckner is a rare guy who can consistently hit the quarterback, and is as solid against the run. His size, strength, and explosion are top notch. He came back for his senior season when he really didn't have to, and had a great season.

He is so explosive inside on passing downs. "The first thing that DeForest really improved on was his pass rushing," the DC Don Pellum said. "His hands got better, his hips got better, and I think that's one of the reasons he started to become a dominant force. Secondly, he took charge. A year ago when DeForest said he was coming back, I said, 'OK, we're going to put this defense in your hands. So if it's going great, we're going to pat you on the back. If it's not, we're going to come to you.' We may miss that more because he was so good at getting guys going. If a guy was not doing what he was supposed to be doing DeForest said, 'I got it coach.' He was so good at being that guy." Teams always need leaders.

Buckner Vs Oklahoma ST 2015:

You might have to use this link in another Window to watch this Tape:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p9MvLOyDPc

He starts off the game at 5-Tech, which is where I think he plays in the NFL. When a 3-4 DC watches a play like this, his eyes light up and he has to do a little jig. Watch the power in his hands as he meets the OLT, who tries to turn. He sees the handoff, and doesn't let the OLT seal him, with the power in his hands and base (:08). But this is what makes him special. Once he reads it he benches the OLT off his shirt, and then explodes laterally to get in front of the RB. Then he shoves off another blocker and takes the RB down. It isn't that he has special hands, or special power, or special lateral explosion. It's that he can use all three special traits in combination with his eyes and smarts to make plays on the field.

Plays fast and with quick eyes. He reads it before the ball is in the RB's hands, and then can power past anyone to get to the ball (:23).  I mean, I wanted this to be short. Then he clubs-clubs his way laterally past two blockers, and then spins back inside past the same two blockers to hit the QB (:28). If those three plays alone don't convince you he is a top ten pick than nothing can.

He starts low as he reads the misdirection. Then watch the punch of the OLT that he uses to split the double team. That is phenomenal (:47). Here he is stunting outside. Watch the speed as he uses his hands to slap off the block (1:05). There are times when he burst off the line with such great explosion and powerful hands that rock the blockers back. You have to stop and say "wow" (1:37). But what makes him special is that he powers the OLT so far back that he is out of the play, as the RB sneaks past him outside. BUT, watch the movement skills as he gets away from the OLT, and somehow goes and gets the RB downfield. That is just an incredible blend of power, heavy hands, speed and quickness.

He is so good at moving in front of the RB through trash, blockers, and traffic, and just clogging up the play (1:52). No. He didn't just do it again. He uses his power to punch the OT up and back and force the RB to bounce it outside, and then he sheds and goes and gets the RB again. I mean, do you understand how great a play that is? And he's done it like 5 times already this game (2:02). Just incredible hands, Watch him toss the blocker to the ground with his hands, and burst inside to get the RB again (2:25). Having a run stuffing 5-Tech is nice, but the NFL is a pass first League now. Why are heavy hands and lateral explosion so important? Because they always show up in the passrush. Watch this explosion past the OLG, as he loops right into the quarterback to cause the interception (2:32). Watch the sideways explosion, as he tries to bring the OLT inside so the blitzer outside has a shot to run past him. He is in front of the ORG before he can get his hands up. Then watch the great hands. Slap, and then he clubs and slaps again, and then the Rip up on the inside arm, and he is charging the QB right in his face (2:44). Okay, I'm dropping the mic. There is nothing left to say.

Buckner Vs OK ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p9MvLOyDPc

2014 Bio:

He is an up field player. Armstead was the steady run first guy that Oregon defense relied on to stop the run and keep the defense sound. While Buckner was the disruptor. He made the fancy splash plays, while Armstead made the steady plays that win the game (he did both in 2015). It will be very interesting to see how he adjust to playing without Armstead (he incredibly continued to get up field, and made the steady plays that win the game). He has a lot more run-first responsibilities this season. In a lot of ways Oregon was really a two-man D-Line with Buckner and Armstead. With Armstead gone he is now the leader of the defense and he has to make the plays that win games. Can he make the steady run plays, and be disruptive going up field? (yes he can, and it is something to see).

Buckner has some work to do. He has to improve at holding up inside against the run. "He's a quiet guy," his D-Line coach Ron Aiken said. "A big imposing figure. What makes him tick? He loves to work. Every day if we don't do it right we're going to do it over until we do it right and he appreciates that, I think. He appreciates that we're not going to let things get by on the field. Some guys say 'OK coach' but even our young guys we do the same thing. From the young to the old guys, and I think DeForest would appreciate this, we hold the same standard for everybody." That is a very good sign for him this year. 

He has improved every year at Oregon. "He understands the game a lot more," Aikens said. "He has a real good understanding of the scheme because this is his third year in the system. [Jim Radcliffe, the Oregon strength coach] and him are working together in the offseason. He's gotten bigger. What was he when he got here, 250, 240? He's probably 285, 290 now and he's put it on the right way. He hasn't lost any of his quickness. And the last thing is he's coachable." When he added all that strength to his speed he became something special.

He has great feet, and great foot quickness. "That makes him special," Aikens said. "Because he's athletic enough that he can play in a dog fight where you're just banging heads and he's athletic enough for the times when he has to get after the quarterback. For example, we put him as the outside rusher off the edge sometimes. We think he has the athletic ability to do a lot of things." He was not a one year wonder. He had a nice productive season in 2013. He was second among the team's D-Linemen in tackles, and started 8 games as a true sophomore:

Buckner Vs Ohio ST 2014:

Great quickness bursting past the OLG almost untouched into the backfield. Great swim move over the OLG in the run game. Explosive inside on the goal line. Holds up the OG, and can hop behind the NT and make the tackle. He just kept finding the RB in and around the LOS with uncanny consistency in the Ohio ST game. 

He has some slipperiness bursting past the OLG outside shoulder. He got tripled teamed by Ohio State a few times inside by the OC, OLG, and the OLT. It is always the biggest sign of respect by the opposing coaches when the entire left side of the O-line gets a block in on the same play. He has a nice little dance move to the outside. Ohio State doubled him outside the OLT as well, with the OLG. They doubled him consistently in the rush and he fought them off amazingly well with his great hands. 

He is the best 5-Tech in this Draft. He also will zone drop, and he doesn't look out of place moving backwards. Cardale took off when he was dropping in coverage. Cardale had to take off, and Buckner crushed him to the ground hard like a 300-pound Mike. 

He can use his hands to hold off the OG to get his outside shoulder, and shove him back with nice power, and tackle the RB cutting inside to the opposite shoulder of the OG Buckner took. Then he can club the OG down with a quick make-you-miss inside move. He has such great hands, an elite blend of heaviness and quickness. He can turn speed to power with a nice head butt into the chest of the OLT, and then take his outside shoulder. He is so much better against the run than I remembered, I always remember him as a pure up field player. He is not just an up field player. He is that rare blend of brutal inside run stuffer, and has the burst to disrupt in the backfield. 

Buckner Vs Ohio ST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYUcMZnIlUQ

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Buckner Vs Utah 2014:

He has some slipperiness on the outside. He is so good in short yardage. He gets his hands on the OG, and sheds him so quickly to burst inside to the RB. He has such nice power after contact. He moves inside like a rabid dog.

He is a one-sided player. He only played on the blindside last season (and in 2015). Which doesn't mean he can't play on the strongside. I just haven't see him do it. He does a nice job playing with his head up. Utah ran a counter, and he was the only player not to follow the O-line in the wrong direction. I love how his first move off the snap is to get his hands up and on the OG. Reads the screen to his side quickly as well. He drops out of the rush and spies the QB sometimes. When he comes through the LOS and hits the RB, I don't think anyone in college football drives him into the dirt harder. He continues to drive the OC back five yards when they line him up on the Nose.

He is so good at sitting in a Gap and pulling blockers past him to get a lane to the RB. Nice tight Swim over the OLT when he tries to go low on him. He has a way of stopping at the LOS and pushing the OLT up to read the play action, and then pulling himself past the OLT to the RB or the QB. Elite stack and shed 5-Tech. He is as strong a rusher as there is in this Draft. Not fast to the QB, But powerful and steady moving forward.

Buckner Vs Utah:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VdjekMY2dU

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Buckner's Bio:

2015 — Oregon's second-leading tackler (83) and team's defensive Most Outstanding Player became only the school's second defender since 1983 to be named the Pac-12's Defensive Player-of-the-Year . . . Became the sixth Duck - fourth on defense - to win the prestigious Morris Trophy, voted on by opposing Pac-12 linemen who lined up across from him . . . One of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation's top defensive end was credited with seven or more tackles in each of his last six appearances, including a personal-best 10 stops in the win at Stanford . . . Included among his totals were six unassisted stops at Arizona State as well as five solo efforts vs. California, Oregon State, and TCU . . . Earning first-team All-America accolades by USA Today and second-team honors from the Associated Press and Football Writers Association of America, he either led or shared the team lead in stops on four occasions and tallied more total tackles than any any of the school's previous down linemen in 27 years . . . Contributed eight stops against the Sun Devils and USC . . . Leading the league in QB sacks (10.5) and ranking fourth in TFLs (17), he was credited with tackles for loss in 12 of 13 games in addition to posting quarterback sacks in each of his final eight appearances of the season . . . Led Oregon in stops vs. Georgia State with seven (4 unassisted), including 2.5 TFLs (7 yards) and 1.5 QB sacks (6 yards) . . . Shared the team lead with six stops against Utah in addition to breaking up one pass and forcing a pair of quarterback hurries.

2014 — The second-team Pac-12 all-conference selection led the team in tackles for loss (13) with the most by a defensive lineman in four years . . . Also paced the interior line with 81 tackles (36 unassisted) - tying for fourth-most on the team . . . Had two or more TFL in three games (UCLA, Washington, and the Pac-12 Championship game) . . . Recorded a team-high eight tackles in the Pac-12 Championship game vs. Arizona . . . Established a career-high in tackles against Arizona with 11 . . . Started and recorded at least one tackle in all 15 games during the Ducks' 2014 campaign . . . His four total QB sacks came against Wyoming, UCLA, Utah, and Arizona in the regular season meeting and Pac-12 Championship . . . Led Ducks linemen with four pass breakups . . . Recipient of the Joe Schaffeld Trophy, given to Oregon's top defensive lineman.

2013 — The Ducks’ second-leading tackler among down linemen posted 39 stops (12 unassisted) while finishing with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles-for-loss . . . Starting the last eight games among his 13 appearances, was credited with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the opening quarter against California in addition to posting one quarterback sack among his three tackles . . . Recording six tackles at Stanford along with five stops vs. Washington, UCLA, and Arizona, he was responsible for takedowns on 12 occasions . . . Finished with a pair of unassisted tackles in his season’s first start at Washington as well as the win over Tennessee . . . Also credited with QB sacks against Nicholls and Washington State along with an additional TFL vs. UCLA . . . Logged his most extensive playing time in Tucson, Ariz., with his 79 snaps against the Wildcats representing one of four outings (including each of the last three games) when he took part in 70 or more plays . . . Forced one fumble, recovered a second loose football and was credited with 2.5 TFLs among his three tackles in the 2014 Spring Game.

2012 — Completed initial collegiate campaign as team’s third-leading tackler (29) among defensive linemen, appearing in all 13 games and earning two starts … Credited with single-game high five tackles at Arizona State before adding four stops the following week vs. Colorado . . . Enjoyed four-week stretch when he combined for 14 stops . . . Recorded two unassisted tackles in win over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl … Totals included two tackles for loss for 8 yards, including a quarterback sack against Washington State . . . Recorded four tackles (three solo) and returned a kickoff in win at California … Credited with a quarterback hurry and two stops in victory vs. Arizona … Had two solo tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss in win over Tennessee Tech … Made collegiate debut and recorded three tackles in victory vs. Arkansas State . . . Named as recipient of Casanova Award as team’s top first-year player.

BEFORE OREGON — Competed in the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl game at defensive end … Recorded 73 tackles while helping lead team to second-place finish in state playoffs … Named first-team all-state at defensive end as a senior … As a sophomore, named all-state honorable mention, while receiving athlete of the year for his class … Four-year letterwinner in basketball, averaging 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a senior, helping lead team to third-place finish in Hawaii … Named to all-state first team and all-ILH League first team in basketball.

PERSONAL — Parents: George and Maria Buckner. Family: Three sisters and one brother. High School (Coach): Punahou (Kale Ane), 2012. Major: General Social Science.


HONORS AND AWARDS
2015
Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
Morris Trophy Award Winner
1st-Team All-America (USA Today)
2nd-Team All-America (AP, FWAA)
1st-Team Pac-12 All-Conference
Ted Hendricks Award Finalist (Top Defensive End)
Bednarik Award Watch List (National Defensive Player of the Year)
Bronco Nagurski Trophy Watch List (Best Defensive Player)
Rotary Lombardi Trophy Watch List (National Lineman Award)
2014
2nd-Team Pac-12 All-Conference
(Athlon's, Coaches, ESPN.com, Phil Steele)
Oregon's top defensive lineman (Joe Schaffeld Trophy)
2012
Team’s First-Year Player of the Year (Casanova Award)


BUCKNER'S CAREER BESTS
Points scored: 2, Michigan State, 09/06/14
All-purpose yards: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14
Kick returns: 1, South Dakota, 08/30/14; at California, 11/10/12
Kick return yards: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14 (1 returns)
Long kick return: 10, South Dakota, 08/30/14
Rush Attempts: 1, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Rush yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16 (1 carries)
Long rush: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Total offense attempts: 1, vs TCU, 01/02/16 (1 rush, 0 pass)
Total offense yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16, (10 rush, 0 pass)
All-purpose yards: 10, vs TCU, 01/02/16
Tackles: 11, Arizona, 10/02/14 (3-8)
Sacks: 2, Washington State, 10/10/15
Tackles for loss: 2.5, Washington, 10/18/14 (2-0); Georgia State, 09/19/15
Fumbles forced: 1, at Washington State, 09/20/14; Cal, 09/28/13
Fumbles recovered: 1, USC 11/21/2015; Cal, 09/28/13
Pass breakups: 2, vs California, 10/24/14; at Washington, 10/17/15


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