2016 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0: Free-Agency Impact
The more I see of DeForest Buckner, the more I like. Playing in a 3-4 in college, many would think the Oregon product is a must-pass for a team looking to move into a 4-3 defensive scheme. However, considering new defensive coordinator Mike Smith has gone on record saying the team will give opposing offenses many looks, Buckner is the perfect pick here.
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With the quickness to get around the edge in a 3-4, and the strength and effort to produce havoc on the interior in a 4-3, the Oregon defensive end provides the exact skill set the Buccaneers need to transition their defense.
The best defensive end on the roster, prior to free agency, was Jacquies Smith who battled injuries throughout the 2015 season. Behind him was William Gholston, who impressed at times, but was clouded with personal foul problems throughout the year.
Bringing in former Giants’ defensive end Robert Ayers will help seal up one outside position, but if Smith and Gholston can’t shake their respective problems, then Buckner would be a formidable replacement.
Best case scenario is Smith getting past his injury woes, and putting Buckner next to All-Pro Gerald McCoy as they anchor the middle of what is suddenly, a very dangerous defensive line.
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