Could former Duck star DeForest Buckner be a top three pick in the NFL Draft?

BY foxsports • January 13, 2016

Pac-12 defensive player of the year DeForest Buckner is widely expected to be a first round pick in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. However, Buckner's talents are so unique that it's possible that the Ducks could have a top three pick for the second consecutive year. 

According to a mock draft done by Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus, Buckner could be the third overall pick in the 2016 Draft. 

Here's what Pro Football Focus had to say about Buckner:

The first three picks all stay intact from last month’s mock draft as Buckner and the Chargers make one of the draft’s best matches. San Diego is extremely weak on the defensive interior and Buckner provides the best combination of pass rushing and run-stopping ability. At six-foot-seven, he’ll likely garner some Calais Campbell comparisons along the way and projecting similar production is not out of the question.

Buckner's 6'7", 290 pound frame is just what NFL scouts are looking for, as is his strength and playmaking abilities. Buckner finished his Oregon career with 232 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. 

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