2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Michael Buchanan

Michael Buchanan somehow slipped into the seventh round. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

With the 226th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected defensive end Michael Buchanan, Illinois.

This is what we said in our scouting report on Buchanan:

Buchanan is not your typical athletic college speed rusher. He plays the “Bandit” DE/OLB position for the Illini, for the same coach who taught Demarcus Ware and the late Gaines Adams the same position (Vic Koenning, current DC at North Carolina). As the “Bandit”, he is asked to be half pass rush end and half edge setter, two things he does very well at this point.

Buchanan is tall (6’5″, 255) with long 34″ arms, intriguing measurables, and has experience playing both defensive end and outside linebacker. This is an outstanding value, as Buchanan had been projected as a third or fourth-round pick. He is especially adept at batting down passes at the line.

Buchanan’s 6.91 three-cone time was once again telling. He also ran a sub 4.8 forty and benched 22 reps. He totaled 4.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss in 2012, but was able to notch 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Buchanan’s long arms also batted down five passes in 2012.

I saw Buchanan play live against Northwestern in 2011 – along with other Patriots Draft picks Tavon Wilson and Jeremy Ebert – and came away very impressed. Here are my notes from the game:

-Lined up at DE, standing up.
-Playing on kick block units as well.
-Switches to LDE, bulls over RT and flushes QB into sack. Powerful.
-Tries speed rush, can’t quite turn the corner.
-Active hands, keeping himself clean.
-Sets a hard edge, flashes outside, sheds block to make the play.
-Bends around edge and catches RB from behind – impressive athleticism.
-Nice jerk move, can’t get there in time.
-Exhibits plus change of direction skills, mirroring shifty QB – then delivers hit.
-Very active motor, never content to be blocked – using a wide array of counters.
-Keeps outside shoulder clean, strings out play and lays a hit for the TFL.
-Bends around edge, wraps up for another tackle for loss.
-Loses balance on club move, falls to the ground.
-Very strong tackler, wrapping up and delivering the hit each time.
-Shows good speed working down the line against option, makes another good hit.
-Club move sets up the rip, gets pressure on the quarterback.
-Sets edge, sheds block and lays out the RB for another TFL.
-Incredibly impressive quarter, can’t be blocked.
-Steps with OT on down block, finds ball quickly and shows off great COD skills again sacking Persa.
-Another big hit on QB, an absolute menace.
-Disciplined, locates ball and works down the line to make tackle.
-RT stays with him on spin move, keeps working and trips up QB later in the play.

Overview: One of the most impressive games that I’ve seen in a while from a college defensive end. Looked very balanced and versatile and was utterly unblockable for long stretches in the game. Look for Buchanan to be a riser in 2012.

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6 Responses to “2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Michael Buchanan”

  1. acm says:

    great pick, great value. there were special circumstances surrounding this guy and it’s probably why he fell beyond the 3rd round in the first place.
    It’s a bit redundant with Collins already on board but I think Buchanan’s value was just too high to pass on in the 7th.

  2. JMC says:

    He was graded by some very high, why did Anderson fall in the draft?

    • JMC says:

      (from NFL.com) Over the summer Buchanan was involved in an altercation that left him with a broken jaw that was wired shut for a week. The all-liquid diet he was on caused him to lose around twenty pounds before the season started — unfortunate because gaining weight and strength was a high priority for him. The result led to a disappointing year in which he looked lethargic and struggled to disengage from offensive tackles. His statistical production dropped (57 tackles, seven for loss, 4.5 sacks), but he still received honorable mention All-Conference honors. While Buchanan didn’t look like the same player that terrorized the Big Ten in 2011, he still showed flashes of being an excellent pass rusher, and a strong postseason could see his stock rebounding.

  3. Brian says:

    I absolutely love this pick. At one point last year he was being mocked as a mid first rounder. The guy looks very athletic and has shown some intriguing potential to go along with his size.

  4. joe says:

    Sorry BB it actually a good draft just 1 bad pick safety from Rutgers but well indeed I like the draft all in all and the 7 the round

  5. cc says:

    Between J. Collins & now Buchanan, things are looking up.
    I’m looking for multi-player trade starting with sending J. Cunningham away…………

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