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Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner will eventually be defensive player of the year

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The Seahawks’ rivalry with the 49ers has dimmed in recent years, but Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett thinks the Niners have a player who can help refuel things on their side in the future.

Bennett has spent time working out in Hawaii with several players this offseason, including 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. Buckner, the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft, has made a strong impression on Bennett.

“I think DeForest, I’m lucky to be working with a guy like that.” Bennett said, via KHON. “I think DeForest will eventually be a defensive player of the year. I think he has the talent to be able to do that. I keep telling him there’s nobody like him. He’s not normal. His physique, his speed, it’s not normal so when you’re not normal you can do not normal things and winning the defensive MVP is not normal for most people.”

Buckner said Bennett’s prediction “gives me a lot of confidence” and that it motivates him to work harder as he heads into his second pro season.

The 49ers liked Buckner’s play enough to keep him on the field for more than 1,000 snaps last season, although their new coaching staff plans to cut back on that number after Buckner admitted to being “dead tired” at points in 2016. The hope is that will make Buckner more productive over the course of the season, which would be a plus for the 49ers even if he doesn’t land the hardware that Bennett believes will come his way one day.

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15 Responses to “Michael Bennett: DeForest Buckner will eventually be defensive player of the year”
  1. RegisHawk says: Jul 6, 2017 11:18 AM

    Eventually = after his rookie contract is up and he can get to a good team.

  2. johnnnyschatzan says: Jul 6, 2017 11:23 AM

    2007 draft?

  3. xraider4321 says: Jul 6, 2017 11:25 AM

    Buckner was not drafted in 2007, he was drafted in 2016.

  4. niners816 says: Jul 6, 2017 11:40 AM

    Smartest thing Bennett has ever said. The Seahawks and their “fans” are still embarrassing though.

  5. stoneydog1000 says: Jul 6, 2017 11:40 AM

    Drafted when he was 13 years old. Amazing guy!

  6. kcflake says: Jul 6, 2017 11:46 AM

    Chris Jones (who was drafted after Buckner) will eventually be Defensive Player of the year.

  7. truninerfan49 says: Jul 6, 2017 12:04 PM

    The 49ers defense could be very solid this year. I’m not confident in the offense , but the defense is going to surprise people

  8. granadafan says: Jul 6, 2017 12:06 PM

    High praise from a rival and player of Bennett’s caliber. Buckner had the perfect response saying he will work harder. The defense was dead tired because the offense didn’t give them a break on the field.

  9. jackedupboonie says: Jul 6, 2017 12:38 PM

    Seahawks are lucky to have that Clara jug team in the NFC West, easiest 2 wins on the schedule.

  10. saints737 says: Jul 6, 2017 12:45 PM

    2007 draft? That’s a strong prediction from a guy who’s 30 years old

  11. rjov says: Jul 6, 2017 12:57 PM

    Wow, 10 years in the league and still predicting an MVP?
    You might want to check your info there Alper

  12. dtroxallday says: Jul 6, 2017 12:59 PM

    2007 draft?

    Buckner was not drafted in 2007, he was drafted in 2016.

    Drafted when he was 13 years old. Amazing guy!

    2007 draft? That’s a strong prediction from a guy who’s 30 years old

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    But don’t worry. You can trust everything else in the story.

  13. bobgust says: Jul 6, 2017 3:50 PM

    ” Eventually = after his rookie contract is up and he can get to a good team.”

    He will be looking down at the Hawks by then as they are free falling down to the bottom

  14. omeimontis says: Jul 7, 2017 3:47 PM

    Fake 49ers fans trash former GM Trent Baalke even though Baalke drafted him.

  15. rainponcho87 says: Jul 8, 2017 11:09 AM

    Most 49er fans know that teams have ups and downs, from superbowl contenders to cellar dwellers. Seahawk fans are like young investors who have only known a bull market, “it’s only up from here!!”

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