DeForest Buckner

Sports Injury Predictor


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 10%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 0.7%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 0.0
Durability: question mark 52

Low Risk


DeForest Buckner Player Overview

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

If you have to fill a DT-specific starting slot, then you shouldn't need to hear/read a case for Buckner at this point. He's an "early" target for that position.

Since Buckner entered the league in 2016, only 3 DTs have delivered more QB hits: Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins and Fletcher Cox. (And Buckner sits just 1 behind Atkins and Cox.)

Buckner, of course, joined the Colts via trade this offseason after 4 years with the 49ers. He leaves behind 1 of the NFL's best defenses -- but just in 2019. The 49ers' defense finished each of Buckner's previous 3 seasons outside the league's top 20 in Football Outsiders' DVOA. Buckner starred right away in spite of his surroundings; not because of them.

He'll find a Colts defense that appears to be trending upward. And Indy's new D-line coach can't hurt. Brian Baker has spent 19 of his 37 coaching years in the NFL. He spent 4 of the past 5 years in the SEC, though, at Mississippi State and then Alabama. That run included coaching a MSU line with NFL 1st-rounders Jeffery Simmons and Montez Sweat.

Indy gave a 1st-round pick for Buckner and then extended him at $84 million over 4 years because the team expects him to dominate. We share their confidence in a player who has finished 3 of his 4 seasons among the top 8 IDP linemen.

DeForest Buckner Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Aug 12, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Buckner missed some time in training camp with a low-ankle sprain.
Oct 2, 2016 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain