Michael Buchanan Int Yds TDs 1 0 0 Team: Illinois Fighting Illini Height: 6-6 Born: Position: DL Weight: 240 Hometown: Homewood, IL Class-Eligibility: Sr-Sr
SCOUTING REPORT Buchanan seemed poised to be a first- or second-round pick after an impressive junior season in 2011, but his draft stock plummeted after a disappointing 2012. Playing opposite Whitney Mercilus - the Texans' first-round pick a year ago - Buchanan had 7 1/2 sacks and 13 1/2 tackles for loss as a junior. Those numbers dropped to 4 1/2 sacks and seven tackles for loss a year later. Part of the problem had to do with Mercilus being gone, so offenses could focus more of their attention on Buchanan. Another possible reason for the drop-off in production was Buchanan - in the summer before his senior season - being involved in a fight leaving him with a broken jaw. His jaw was wired shut and he was forced to eat all his meals through a straw for a week. The liquid diet caused him to lose 20 pounds. He was already a bit on the lighter side for a defensive end, and the weight loss certainly didn't help. He was often pushed around by stronger offensive linemen and had a hard time creating separation. Despite the down season, he was still invited to the scouting combine, but did little to impress. He had just 22 reps in the bench press, a pretty paltry number for a player at a position that is supposed to generate fear. For a player with such high expectations heading into 2012, Buchanan has tumbled down draft boards and it seems he'll get selected in one of the final rounds - if at all.
Career Defensive Stats YEAR TEAM G INT YDS TDS 2009 Ill 10 0 0 0 2010 Ill 11 0 0 0 2011 Ill 13 0 0 0 2012 Ill 12 1 0 0 Career 46 1 0 0 © 2013 by STATS LLC.
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