Say what you will about San Francisco's quarterback situation. The Niners have their issues, but they also have their first-round pick under contract.
Last year's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner operated as a physical wonder for Oregon's defense, chewing through offensive linemen and often looking like a man among boys. The Niners hope he'll do the same in a front seven that will pair him with former Oregon end Arik Armstead -- another 6-foot-7 specimen who played well last season.
Just before the draft, Armstead lobbied for the team to pick Buckner, saying, per CSN Bay Area: "If we end up playing together again, that would be awesome. That's my guy. We motivate each other."
It's a promising turn of events for a Niners defense that saw a horde of players defect, retire and fade away before last season.