Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois Fighting Illini: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad defensive lineman Michael Buchanan of Illinois (99) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl south squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 255 pounds

Drafted By: New England Patriots (7th round, 226th overall)

40 Yard Dash:  4.78

Bench Press:  22

Vertical Jump:  33″

Broad Jump:  113″

2012 Statistics

G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
12 23 34 57 4.75
Tackles For Loss
12 7.0 47 0.58
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
12 4.5 43 0.38
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
12 5 5 1 0


Career Highlights (via Illinois athletic site)

  • Invited to 2013 Senior Bowl
  • Second-team All-Big Ten in both 2011 and 2012
  • Played in 46 career games, making 32 starts and posting 161 takles, 26.0 TFLs and 14.0 sacks
  • Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victores in 2010 (Texas Bowl) and 2011 (Kraft Fight Hunger)
  • Anchored a 2011 Illini defense that ranked seventh nationally in total defense (286.2 ypg) and third nationally in pass defense (162.3 ypg)

2012 – Senior: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches, honrable mention by the media … Named team’s Outstanding Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman at annual postseason banquet … Started all 12 games and led the team in sacks with 4.5 for a total of 43 yards and QB hurries with five … Also posted 57 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, five PBUs, one INT and one FF in senior season … Posted nine tackles, including one sack for a loss of four yards, and recorded a hurry at Northwestern … Registered five tackles, including a sack for a loss of eight yards, against Purdue … Registered five tackles, including a half-TFL, and a career-high two PBUs at Wisconsin … Recorded six tackles, including a half-sack, against Penn State … Registered six tackles, including a sack, a PBU and forced a fumble against Louisian Tech … Recorded four tackles, one TFL and two QB hurries in victory over Charleston Southern … Broke up a pass and recorded two tackles at Arizona State … Made first career interception and added two TFLs, one sack, two QB hurries and one PBU in season-opening win over Western Michigan … Named to preseason watch lists for four major awards (Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Ted Hendricks Award, Bednarik Award & Rotary Lombardi Award) … Named a preseason second-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele

2011 – Junior: Named Second-Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media … Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts … Second on the team and fourth in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks and also had 64 tackles, 13.5 TFLs and four hurries on the season … Had four tackles, one sack and recovered a fumble in Illinois’ win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl … Recorded five tackles and a half-sack against Minnesota … Posted four tackles and one TFL against Wisconsin … Recorded five tackles and a half-TFL against Michigan … Posted seven tackles and a sack against Penn State … Posted eight tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack against Ohio State … Recorded a career-high 10 tackles along with three TFLs in win over Northwestern … Posted five tackles, a sack, 1.5 TFLs, forced a fumble and three QB hurries against Western Michigan … Recorded four tackles, including a career-best 1.5 sacks and a QB hurry in the win over Arizona State … Tallied a sack and two tackles against South Dakota State.

2010 – Sophomore: Played in 11 games, including eight starts at the bandit position … Totaled 40 tackles on the season, including 5.5 TFLs, 2.0 sacks, two PBUs, two hurries and one fumble recovery … Had five tackles, 1.5 TFLs, one QB hurry and a half-sack in Texas Bowl win over Baylor … Posted four tackles and a career-high two TFLs at Fresno State … Had five tackles, including a career-best four solos, and a half-sack, at Michigan … Recorded first career sack against Michigan State … Tallied a career-high seven tackles against Ohio State … Sat out the Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois games due to a suspension … Made first career start in season opener against Missouri.

2009 – Freshman: Played in 10 games, recording a quarterback hurry and pass break up against Illinois State.

Scouting Report/Player Notes


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Topics: 2013 Nfl Draft, Illinois Fighting Illini, Michael Buchanan

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