DeForest Buckner has been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft. Chip Kelly and the 49ers go back to the Oregon Ducks to find a piece of their defensive line. San Francisco drafted Arik Armstead with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Buckner received wide praise coming into the draft being listed as a top-10 prospect heading into the NFL Draft. While Joey Bosa of Ohio State is considered by many to be highest-rated defensive lineman a significant number of draft experts preferred Buckner citing his power, interior pass rush, and incredibly high ceiling as the best in the class.
While Buckner's size makes him an ideal 3-4 defensive end because of his size. He also has a high motor and athleticism that attracts double teams and possesses interior pass rushing ability that is rare. With so many quarterbacks, such as Tom Brady, getting the ball out of their hands in around two seconds the only pass rush that is able to get pressure is from the interior. While outside pass rushers will continue to be the most important pass rushers, the need for someone who can collapse the pocket from the line of scrimmage is in high demand.