Biography: Two-year starter who played in only four games as a senior before his season was cut short by a knee injury. Totals last year included 18 tackles with two tackles for loss after he had 54 tackles as a junior.
Positives: Undersized yet explosive and athletic linebacker with the ability to make plays in every direction of the field. Fast moving laterally, quickly gets out to the sidelines and covers a lot of area on the field. Explosive, displays ability in pursuit and quick up the field to help defend screen passes. Gets depth on pass drops. Forces his way through blocks to make plays and uses his hands to protect himself.
Negatives: Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the action. Easily blocked from the action and struggles getting through the trash.
Analysis: Buchanan is an athletic prospect who was beginning to show development as a football player before his season was cut short by the knee injury. He's a one-gap linebacker who must play in a system that allows him to freely flow to the action. He will only make a roster next year if he shows no impairments from his injury and returns to prior form.
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