San Francisco has drafted a first-round defensive lineman out of Oregon for the second straight season.
With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected Ducks defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. The pick reunites Buckner with former teammate Arik Armstead, who was drafted at No. 17 overall a year ago. It's the first time since 1975-76 that Oregon players have been selected in the first round of back-to-back drafts.
Buckner will team with Armstead as bookends on the defensive line, filling a gaping need for a defense that failed to rush the passer last season.
Although Buckner isn't blessed with the speed off the edge to generate double-digit sacks on an annual basis, he does have the potential to control the line of scrimmage with his power, length, monstrous 11 3/4-inch hands and 35-inch arms. He's an NFL-ready run stopper.