Nike Signs DeForest Buckner, Oregon DE & Future 1st Rounder


DeForest Buckner Nike

Having already announced the signings of Jared Goff and Paxton Lynch, two of the 2016 NFL Draft’s top quarterbacks, Nike is now turning its attention to the defensive side of the ball, inking DeForest Buckner to an endorsement deal.

The 6-foot-7 Buckner played his college ball at the University of Oregon, where he racked up 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles-for-loss in 2015, en route to being winning¬†the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Morris Trophy. The defensive end was also named a first team All-American by USA Today, while the Associated Press and Football Writers’ Association of America¬†awarded him second team honors.

Boasting freakish levels of quickness and athleticism that belie his 300-pound frame, Buckner is expected to be among the first defensive players selected in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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