DeForest Buckner

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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:300 lb (136 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 2018
Total tackles:201
Sacks:21.0
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com

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.

Early years[edit]

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. In January 2012, he committed to the University of Oregon to play college football.[3] Buckner also played basketball in high school.[4]

College career[edit]

Buckner played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2012, making two starts. He finished his freshman season with 29 tackles and 1.0 sack.[5] As a sophomore in 2013, Buckner started eight of 13 games, recording 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks.[6] As a junior in 2014, he finished the year with 81 tackles and 4.0 sacks.[7] He returned for his senior season, achieving both career highs in tackles, with 83, and sacks, with 10.5.[7] Following his senior season, Buckner officially announced to enter the 2016 NFL Draft. He was considered one of top ranked defensive ends in the draft.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 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,[9]

The San Francisco 49ers selected Buckner in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[10][11] 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.[12]

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. [13]

On April 24, 2019, the 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on Buckner's contract.[14]

NFL statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sacks PDef Int Yds Lng TD FF FR
2016 SF 15 15 73 43 30 6.0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2
2017 SF 16 16 61 45 16 3.0 3 -- -- -- -- 1 --
2018 SF 16 16 67 44 23 12.0 2 -- -- -- -- 0 --
Career 47 47 201 132 69 21.0 6 -- -- -- -- 1 2

References[edit]

  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. ^ url=http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000630101/article/top-five-2016-nfl-draft-prospects-by-position
  9. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - DeForest Buckner". National Football League.
  10. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". ESPN.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  11. ^ Emerick (April 28, 2016). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Oregon DL DeForest Buckner". 49ers.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  12. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "49ers DL DeForest Buckner Named to 2019 Pro Bowl - January 15, 2019".
  14. ^ "49ers Exercise Fifth-year Option on DL DeForest Buckner". 49ers.com. April 24, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.

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