No. 4: Defensive Tackle DeForest Buckner
2016 NFL Draft
Round 1, Pick No. 7
The 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner had a true breakout season in 2018. He exploded with 12 sacks and was arguably the lone bright spot on a defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in every important category.
Fast forward a year, and the Niners are at the top of nearly every defensive statistic with Buckner still at the center of the defensive line.
Buckner’s sacks have dropped to 7.5 on the year, which is still very respectable, especially considering the number of sacks distributed to his fellow linemen, showing he’s still creating havoc up front.
Buckner has been extremely dependable, too, missing only one game in his four-year career.
He has shown flashes throughout the years that have made him well deserving of being taken No. 7 overall back in 2016.
He is a consistent force on the defense that provides the size and strength a great defense needs in the interior.