The San Francisco 49ers have drafted Oregon Defensive end DeForest Buckner with the seventh pick.
Buckner is one of the best pass-rushers in this draft. He will join former Oregon teammate and last year’s first-round pick, Arik Armstead, on the interior of the 49ers’ Nickel defensive line. Those two will become one of the premier interior pass-rushing tandems in the NFL.
But neither player is strong against the run at this time. It’s possible neither will play in the 49ers’ base defense next season. DeForest Buckner almost surely won’t.
GRADE: B. Buckner practically is a duplicate of Armstead, who looks like a future Pro Bowler. Buckner should be a future Pro Bowler as well. Clemson edge rusher Shaq Lawson probably would have been a better pick because he can rush the passer AND defend the run. Michigan State’s Jack Conklin probably would have been a better pick, too. But, Buckner is a solid selection.