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 24)
Waianae, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Honolulu (HI) Punahou
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles: 134
Sacks: 9.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Fumble recoveries: 2
Player stats at

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

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] 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

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] Buckner 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

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. Buckner 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]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sacks PD Int Yds Lng TD FF FR
2016 San Francisco 49ers 15 15 73 43 30 6.0 1 -- -- -- -- -- 2
2017 San Francisco 49ers 16 16 45 34 11 3.0 3 -- -- -- -- 1 --
Career 31 31 118 77 41 9 4 -- -- -- -- 1 2


  1. ^ Quick, Jason. "Deconstructing DeForest Buckner: How The Man of the Oregon defensive line first became a man". The Oregonian. Retrieved 29 Dec 2014. 
  2. ^ Wharton, Ian. "DeForest Buckner Offers Impact Skill Set, Versatility in 2016 NFL Draft". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Countdown to signing day: Defensive end DeForest Buckner could be next Dion Jordan for Oregon Ducks". 
  4. ^ Sleeping Giant
  5. ^ "Freshmen Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci in a class of their own on Oregon's D-line". 
  6. ^ "Ducks' defensive linemen double trouble for opponents". Statesman Journal. August 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Sports-Reference DeForest Buckner". 
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  9. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - DeForest Buckner". National Football League. 
  10. ^ "NFL draft: Results, analysis for every Round 1 pick". April 29, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ Emerick (April 28, 2016). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Oregon DL DeForest Buckner". Retrieved July 3, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers - September 10th, 2017". Retrieved 2017-11-08. 

External links

  • San Francisco 49ers bio
  • Oregon Ducks bio
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