The NFL Combine has come and gone and the NFL Draft is starting to really get amped up. One player that did himself a ton of good in Indianapolis is Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, who has been considered a top-ten pick for some time now.
ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay recently released his latest big board featuring the top 32 prospects in the Draft. He has Buckner listed as the third overall athlete, citing his explosiveness as a reason for his hype.
Buckner has gradually been moving up teams’ draft boards and it’s pretty clear that he could be worth a top-ten pick. McShay also talked about his nearly 34 1/2 inch arms being a good sign, but his 5.05 40 time was a big red flag.
“Buckner isn’t going to win many battles with speed, but he has good length and explosive upper-body power to push the pocket as a pass-rusher. Buckner, who’s best suited to play 5-technique in a 3-4, also has the quickness and agility to play left defensive end in a 4-3.”
Throughout his career with the Oregon Ducks, DeForest Buckner recorded 36 tackles for loss, including 17 in 2015, and 18 sacks, including 10 last year as well. He has also been able to get his hands up in the air as he recorded 10 pass deflections.
There is no questioning that he is athletic, but the question is who will bring Buckner in and are they willing to take him over a player like Joey Bosa or Jalen Ramsey.
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