DeForest Buckner
DeForest Buckner
25-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
San Francisco 49ers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Buckner is an elite defender whose uncommon conditioning allows him to approach 1,000 snaps despite the exhausting task of anchoring the San Francisco defensive line. In his three NFL seasons Buckner already has 201 tackles, and he really threw down the gauntlet last year by breaking out for 12 sacks on 852 snaps. Offenses are already doing everything they can to slow Buckner, so his per-snap production is mostly sustainable even if last year was the best-case scenario for sack production. Buckner is a sound DL1 with 70-tackle, 10-sack upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $18.19 million contract with the 49ers in May of 2016. 49ers exercised team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Team exercises fifth-year option
DTSan Francisco 49ers
April 24, 2019
The 49ers exercised the fifth-year option on Buckner's rookie contract Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The two sides could eventually agree to an extension this offseason, but Buckner is nonetheless under 49ers control for the next two seasons. After finishing third in sacks (12) among all defensive linemen last season, he'll now be complemented by a proven edge rusher in offseason pickup Dee Ford. The team could use its current control of the No. 2 overall pick in this week's draft to bring in another blue-chip talent on the defensive line -- likely Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams.
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Measurables Review
How do DeForest Buckner's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 7"
300 lbs
40-Yard Dash
5.05 sec
Shuttle Time
4.47 sec
Cone Drill
7.51 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Hand Length
11.75 in
Arm Length
34.38 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The general rule is that defensive linemen see fewer snaps the bigger they are, with the reasonable underlying premise being that bigger linemen get more blocking attention, and thus take more of a beating. Buckner seems immune to that rule. He's a huge lineman at 6-7, 300 pounds, yet he's displayed a freakish level of conditioning and durability to play 1,000 snaps or more in a season. Any lineman who plays that much has an advantage over the field of IDPs, making him a strong bet to rank among the positional tackle leaders.
The 49ers selected Buckner seventh overall last year because he fits like a glove as an end in a 3-4 scheme at 6-7, 300, but he likely will play tackle in the 49ers' new 4-3 scheme this year. It's not ideal to be that tall and line up over guard, but Buckner is a unique enough athlete to produce anyway. He was productive as a 22-year-old rookie starter last year, posting 73 tackles despite missing one game with a foot issue. He logged a lot of plays to get there, however, playing 1,005 snaps, and it might be more realistic to project something like 900 this season.
Rookie 3-4 ends normally don't make IDP noise, but Buckner might be a different breed. A rare athlete at 6-foot-7, 291 pounds with incredible conditioning, Buckner is already a polished product and shouldn't need the acclimation time most DEs would require. He was exceptionally productive at Oregon the last two years, exceeding 80 tackles in both seasons while totaling 30 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in just 28 games. He's a boom-or-bust IDP consideration with a low floor, but Buckner might do a good Calais Campbell impression surprisingly early in his career.
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Quiet finish to monster season
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January 1, 2019
Buckner had four tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 48-32 loss to the Rams.
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Adds another sack
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December 24, 2018
Buckner had three solo tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in Sunday's loss to the Bears.
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Breakout season continues
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December 17, 2018
Buckner recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) and two sacks in Sunday's 26-23 win over Seattle.
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Two more sacks in loss
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December 3, 2018
Buckner recorded seven tackles (three solo) and a pair of sacks in Sunday's 43-16 loss to Seattle.
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Records seventh sack
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November 26, 2018
Buckner recorded five tackles (all solo) and a sack in Sunday's 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers.
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