DeForest Buckner (born March 17, 1994) is an American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Oregon. He was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

DeForest Buckner
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Buckner with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016
No. 99 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1994-03-17) March 17, 1994 (age 25)
Waianae, Hawaii
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:295 lb (134 kg)
Career information
High school:Punahou School
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
College:Oregon
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Total tackles:263
Sacks:28.5
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:6
Interceptions:0
Pass deflections:11
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Buckner was born to a Samoan mother and African American father.[1] He attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was rated as a four-star recruit.[2] He also was a teammate of Ka'imi Fairbairn, currently the kicker of the Houston Texans. In January 2012, he committed to the University of Oregon to play college football.[3] Buckner also played basketball in high school.[4]

College careerEdit

Buckner played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2012, making two starts. He finished his freshman season with 29 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and 1.0 sack.[5] As a sophomore in 2013, Buckner started eight of 13 games, recording 39 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, and 2.5 sacks.[6] As a junior in 2014, he finished the year with 81 tackles, 13 for a loss, and 4.0 sacks.[7] Buckner was considered a possible first round pick in the NFL Draft, but chose to return for his senior season to graduate and improve his draft stock.[8] As a senior in 2015, Buckner improved even further, achieving career highs in tackles, with 83, tackles for a loss, with 17, and sacks, with 10.5.[7]

Buckner was voted the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year by the Pac-12 coaches, joining Haloti Ngata as the second Oregon Duck to ever win the award.[9] He was awarded the Morris Trophy for best Pac-12 defensive lineman (voted on by opposing players) and was named a first-team All-American. Following his senior season, Buckner officially announced he would enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He was considered one of top-ranked defensive ends in the draft.[10]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 7 in
(2.01 m)
291 lb
(132 kg)
34 38 in
(0.87 m)
11 34 in
(0.30 m)
5.05 s 1.77 s 2.96 s 4.47 s 7.51 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
9 ft 8 in
(2.95 m)
All values from NFL Combine,[11]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Buckner in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[12][13] He was the second consecutive Oregon defensive end selected in the first round by the 49ers, joining Arik Armstead who was selected 17th overall in 2015. They went on to draft Solomon Thomas who was another Pac-12 defensive end in 2017.

He also set statistical goals to end the season with 70 tackles and six sacks. Buckner started in 15 games in 2016, recording 73 tackles and six sacks, accomplishing his pre-season goals. He led all NFL defensive lineman with 1,108 snaps on the season and ranked second with 73 tackles. His six sacks ranked fourth among rookies.

In the 2017 season opener, Buckner and the defense played well against the Carolina Panthers, holding quarterback Cam Newton to only 171 yards passing and three yards rushing despite losing 23-3.[14]

In the 2018 season, Buckner recorded 12 sacks, the most by a 49ers player since Aldon Smith had 19.5 during the 2012 season. He was named to his first Pro Bowl as a result.[15]

On April 24, 2019, the 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on Buckner's contract.[16] In the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, Buckner recovered a fumble lost by Aaron Rodgers during the 37–20 win. [17] In Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs, Buckner sacked quarterback Patrick Mahomes 1.5 times during the 31–20 loss. [18]

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sacks FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2016 SF 15 15 73 43 30 6.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
2017 SF 16 16 61 45 16 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 5
2018 SF 16 16 67 44 23 12.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
2019 SF 16 16 62 34 28 7.5 2 4 12 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
Career 63 63 263 166 97 28.5 3 7 12 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Quick, Jason. "Deconstructing DeForest Buckner: How The Man of the Oregon defensive line first became a man". The Oregonian. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Wharton, Ian. "DeForest Buckner Offers Impact Skill Set, Versatility in 2016 NFL Draft". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Countdown to signing day: Defensive end DeForest Buckner could be next Dion Jordan for Oregon Ducks". OregonLive.com.
  4. ^ Sleeping Giant
  5. ^ "Freshmen Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci in a class of their own on Oregon's D-line". OregonLive.com.
  6. ^ "Ducks' defensive linemen double trouble for opponents". Statesman Journal. August 18, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Sports-Reference DeForest Buckner".
  8. ^ Greif, Andrew (June 20, 2015). "Oregon's DeForest Buckner: 'Deep down I wanted to leave' for NFL before returning to Ducks". oregonlive. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "DeForest Buckner surprised, honored to be Pac-12 defensive player of the year". NBC Sports Northwest. December 12, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  10. ^ url=http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000630101/article/top-five-2016-nfl-draft-prospects-by-position
  11. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - DeForest Buckner". National Football League.
  12. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". ESPN.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  13. ^ Emerick (April 28, 2016). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Oregon DL DeForest Buckner". 49ers.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "49ers DL DeForest Buckner Named to 2019 Pro Bowl - January 15, 2019".
  16. ^ "49ers Exercise Fifth-year Option on DL DeForest Buckner". 49ers.com. April 24, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl with 37-20 win vs Packers". www.espn.com. Associated Press. January 19, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Mahomes leads Chiefs' rally past 49ers in Super Bowl, 31-20". www.espn.com. Associated Press. February 2, 2020. Retrieved February 2, 2020.

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