Michael Buchanan vs Western Michigan 2012 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
Michael Buchanan 2011 Highlights (via GameTimePros)
2012 stats: 57 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 FF
2011 stats: 64 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks, 1 FF
I wish there more game cut-ups of Buchanan rather than just a highlight film, but there is a lot to like about him. He's long and lengthy, measuring at a shade above 6-5, 252 with solid 33 1/4 inch arms at the Senior Bowl. He was dominant in the Western Michigan game, flashing a wicked spin move and burst off the LOS. He stunted well and when he knew his path to the QB was impeded, he spied the QB and channeled his inner JJ Watt, getting his hands on 2 passes and intercepting one. He moves fast and fluidly. Apparently, many scouts that were scouting Whitney Mercilus last season stated that Buchanan was a better athlete. Reportedly, Buchanan excelled running linebacker drills during Senior Bowl practices.
So why isn't he a 1st round pick? Well, because his dominant game against WMU looks to have been the outlier. Buchanan came into the year a potential top 20 pick, and fell well short of expectations. As you can see, his numbers dropped from 2011 to 2012, giving rise to the possible idea that perhaps the presence of Mercilus made Buchanan look better by getting him into favorable matchups. There is an underachiever label attached to Buchanan. He is also a bit light for the typical DE and too often attempts to bullrush, usually ineffectively.
That said, I would absolutely love Buchanan in the 4th and possibly the mid-3rd depending on workouts. He's scheme-diverse and should provide an immediate edge threat while he rounds out the rest of his game. Again, given the caliber of defensive line coaching we have between Rex and Dunbar, I think Buchanan can be a threat in the league.