2015 NFL DRAFT

Michael Buchanan, DE

School: Illinois  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Homewood, IL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 255 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
150134-5
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03/08/2013 - 2013 Illinois Pro Day: Representatives from 27 NFL teams gathered at Illinois' pro day, where 15 players worked out. Michael Buchanan, DE - Kept his numbers from the combine, but weighed 247 at the pro day. He worked out with his hand in the ground as a defensive end. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/03/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Michael Buchanan, Illinois, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Buchanan, who started all 12 games this season and made 32 career starts over the last three year, led the Fighting Illini in sacks (4.5) and QB hurries (5) and ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (7.0) and passes defended (6), a total that ranks fifth nationally among defensive linemen. - Illinois football

12/03/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Michael Buchanan, Illinois, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Buchanan, who started all 12 games this season and made 32 career starts over the last three year, led the Fighting Illini in sacks (4.5) and QB hurries (5) and ranked second on the team in tackles for loss (7.0) and passes defended (6), a total that ranks fifth nationally among defensive linemen. - Illinois football

09/08/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Illinois at Arizona State, Sept. 8 -- Talk about looking in a mirror and seeing your reflection. Two BCS teams with new coaching staffs meet early in the season after routine wins over outmatched opposition, still trying to figure out what they may or may not have. Someone will come out of the desert night with a 2-0 record and momentum and someone is going to be 1-1 and still wondering what their future holds. It might be worth staying up late to see it. KEYS TO THE GAME: While the marquee matchup is the Sun Devils' offense against the Fighting Illini defense, the other side of the coin could decide this one. Can Illinois show more offensively than it did last week, when it was mediocre before QB Nathan Scheelhaase's ankle was injured? The Illini need more from their offensive line, particularly in the run game, if they're to sustain drives and keep their stout defense from wearing down in the 102-degree heat. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Michael Buchanan was a handful for Western Michigan, producing consistent pressure on the quarterback and even pitching in his first career interception. If Buchanan can introduce himself to Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly coming around the edge, it's a safe bet Kelly won't enjoy another 15-of-19, 247-yard night like he had against Northern Arizona. - The Sports Xchange

08/15/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Much will depend on both lines. The offensive line returns three starters, including all-conference candidate Graham Pocic at center, but lost its best player from last year (T Jeff Allen) and played poorly during a six-game losing streak over the regular season's second half. The defensive line also welcomes back three starters, but the one missing link, Whitney Mercilus, notched 16 sacks last year and was picked in the first round of the NFL Draft by Houston. QB Nathan Scheelhaase will be in his third year as a starter and should be one of the Big Ten's best, but needs help around him if this team is to mount a surprising run at a Legends Division crown. - The Sports Xchange

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: MICHAEL BUCHANAN, ILLINOIS, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. Buchanan looks to build off a successful 2011 campaign in which he served as an able bookend to Mercilus, totaling 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss among his 64 total tackles. He ranked fourth in the Big Ten in sacks and ninth in TFLs last season, part of an Illini attack that broke the school record for sacks per game (3.2) and had the second-most tackles for loss (103) in a season in school history. - Illinois football

07/31/2012 - Top-five Illinois prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE Michael Buchanan...Last season Whitney Mercilus received most of the attention on the Illinois' defense (and rightfully so), but opposite the 2012 first round pick was perhaps another future top-32 selection in Buchanan. He finished fourth in the conference last season with 7.5 sacks at the "Bandit" position and is expected to move to the similar "Leo" pass rusher position in 2012. Buchanan was a top-50 defensive line recruit out of high school and decided to stay in-state to play for the Illini. After serving mostly as a true freshman back-up in 2009, he started eight games as a sophomore, recording 40 tackles and a pair of sacks. Buchanan had a breakout, albeit somewhat overlooked, campaign as a junior last season, finishing second on the team with 7.5 sacks and adding 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and one forced fumbles. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in 2011 and appears on just about every pre-season all-conference list. Buchanan has a tall, long frame and uses his length effectively to keep linemen from his body before ripping past the initial block. He moves well laterally and has the foot athleticism to play in space and close quickly in pursuit. Buchanan doesn't have elite bulk and lacks the body type to add much more muscle and will be labeled by some teams as a hybrid player, but he has the skill-set to lead the conference in sacks as a senior and boost his draft stock. So although he's last on Illinois' numerical roster (#99), Buchanan might be the first Illini prospect drafted next April. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/31/2012 - One week of drinking food from a blender was enough for Michael Buchanan. The Illinois defensive end out of Homewood-Flossmoor broke his jaw in an altercation in June. He dropped about 10 pounds while on a liquid diet during the one week his jaw was wired shut, but he quickly ditched the smoothies and regained the weight. Buchanan, a 6-foot-6 senior, already has surpassed his 2011 listed weight of 240 pounds and is nearing 250. On Friday at Big Ten media day, his jaw was free to open and close to say he feels 100 percent with the start of the Illini's camp in Rantoul fast approaching. "I was very lucky," Buchanan said. "It was kind of a blessing. Obviously you don't want to be in that situation, but generally when you have a broken jaw you're wired up for five or six weeks." Buchanan didn't go into details about the fight but described it as a learning experience. "It was a bad situation to be in," Buchanan said. "I learned a lot about it. I had to go through the process of letting my teammates know it won't happen again. I was very apologetic about it. And I'm just trying to move forward." Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Buchanan was not punished for the incident and said he was "proud" of how Buchanan handled the recovery. "I thought he did a fabulous job," Beckman said. "It was a situation that was very unfortunate. He bounced back within a week." - Colleen Kane, The Chicago Tribune

07/29/2012 - Buchanan said he was impressed with his coach's honesty as he was assessing his draft prospects. "He wasn't trying to hide anything with us, which I really respected, because I wouldn't think that a new coach coming in would tell us all the good things that the NFL was saying about me as well as the bad things," Buchanan said. "He told us everything we needed to know." While Beckman has been preaching honesty, he also preaches accountability, and Buchanan already had to atone for one mistake after he broke his jaw in an altercation in June. "He knows he made a mistake," Beckman said. "That was something that needed to be corrected, and it was corrected." Buchanan is now back in football shape and ready for training camp. He said he has been mentoring younger players, such as his backup, redshirt freshman Darrius Caldwell, and has tried to set an example by showing up on time to workouts and practices. With the high-energy Beckman at the helm, Buchanan hopes he and Pocic can help the team stay consistent throughout the season. "It's our job not to let the team lag and kind of wear down toward the end of the season," Buchanan said. "We have to play that seventh game or that 10th game the same way we played the first game." - The Daily Herald

07/26/2012 - Q. As you take over this program that's really been winners on NFL Draft night recently with three first round picks, three second round picks the last two years, but just the 14-12 record over that span, how do you go from winning the NFL Draft night to winning consistently on Saturdays now? COACH BECKMAN: Well, again, that was -- I think the first thing that you look at is that we had four individuals that went and asked the NFL what their pre-Draft status would be. I tried to help them get as much information on that. But they've made the commitment to come back, because I challenged them. It's about building the legacy. It's about establishing something in the program as a senior. When Michael Buchanan and Graham Pocic and Terry Hawthorne and Akeem Spence made the decision to come back and be a part of that, I sure hope that's the start of something special about being a senior and about being the leader of a football team. So those are the things we're looking at. I'm very, very proud of the NFL legacy that we have now and having young men have that opportunity to be a first or second round Draft choice. But I'm very, very proud of the four that have decided to make a commitment to the university and to this football team and to come back and play their senior football seasons. - Big Ten football/Media day transcripts

07/26/2012 - Illinois fans held their breath in June when standout defensive end Michael Buchanan suffered a broken jaw during an altercation. Buchanan, a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2011 and a budding star, would have to have his jaw wired shut. His weight certainly would drop, and his recovery time was unknown. Breathe easy, Illini Nation. Buchanan is just fine. "I'm 100 percent," Buchanan told ESPN.com. "I've been eating for weeks now. I'm back to my normal weight and everything." Buchanan actually is on pace to be heavier than he was last year (240). He'll check in around 250 pounds when the season kicks off in September. He only had the jaw wired shut for a week -- his food consisted of anything you can put in a blender - but the physical toll was minimal. "Any time you break a jaw, you never know how long you're going to be wired up for," he said. "You're not going to be able to eat. But I was only wired up for a week, and right after that, I was able to pretty much eat normally." - Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com

07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Buchanan also was a second-team All-Big Ten selection at defensive end, recording 64 tackles and ranking fourth in the Big Ten in sacks (7.5) and ninth in TFLs (13.5). - Illinois football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. Buchanan also had a big 2011 season playing opposite first-team All-American DE Whitney Mercilus. Buchanan was a second-team All-Big Ten selection, recording 64 tackles and ranking fourth in the Big Ten in sacks (7.5) and ninth in TFLs (13.5). Buchanan is also on the Bednarik Award watch list. - Illinois football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Michael Buchanan, Illinois, DE, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. Buchanan had a big 2011 season playing opposite first-team All-American DE Whitney Mercilus. Buchanan was a second-team All-Big Ten selection, recording 64 tackles and ranking fourth in the Big Ten in sacks (7.5) and ninth in TFLs (13.5). - Illinois football

06/15/2012 - Fans of the University of Illinois knew their team could have trouble replacing the pass rush lost with defensive end Whitney Mercilus and his FBS-leading 16 sacks heading off to the NFL early. The man charged with replacing Mercilus - senior defensive end Michael Buchanan - could have a hard time accomplishing this feat, considering that he's expected to miss at least a portion of summer workouts due to a broken jaw apparently suffered during a recent fight. Buchanan, currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 37 overall rated prospect for the 2013 draft, earned Second Team Big Ten accolades a year ago with 7.5 sacks. That mark makes the 6-5, 240-pound Buchanan the leading returning pass rusher among conference defensive linemen. Though he's seen playing time since signing with the Illini as a highly regarded prep, Buchanan enjoyed a breakout season in 2011, starting 12 of 13 games and finishing with 64 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss to go along with his quarterback takedowns. Ultimately pro scouts, of course, will want to know the details of the "mishap" that resulted in his broken jaw (and perhaps bruised ego) but in the long run, Buchanan's injury shouldn't have an impact on his pro potential. Buchanan doesn't just have to worry about his recovery from the injury, however. With Mercilus now a member of the Houston Texans, Buchanan will be the focus of every opponent's blocking scheme. The loss of Koenning's hyper-aggressive scheme could also lead to fewer opportunities to create tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Nonetheless, if Buchanan can rebound from the missed time and demonstrate the same burst off the snap he showed in finishing fourth in the conference a year ago in sacks, his play should be able to handle all of the talking he'll need. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

06/14/2012 - An Illinois spokesman says defensive end Michael Buchanan broke his jaw in a weekend fight. Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said Wednesday that Buchanan's jaw is wired shut after a fight Saturday night somewhere in the Champaign area. Brown said the university was still trying to determine exactly what happened. Brown said coach Tim Beckman hopes Buchanan will be able to play again by the time preseason training starts in early August. Buchanan is a 6-6, 240-pound senior and was fourth in the Big Ten in sacks last fall. He is expected to anchor Illinois' defense this season. - AP Sports

06/14/2012 - Illinois defensive end Michael Buchanan will miss part of his summer training while recovering from a broken jaw, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday. The All-Big Ten candidate was hurt Saturday. "It was just a mishap," Beckman said. Illinois sports information director Kent Brown said Buchanan was hurt in a fight. Beckman said he is continuing to investigate the incident. Buchanan returned to his home in the Chicago area but will be back in Champaign-Urbana later this week. Buchanan's jaw is wired shut. He also had his wisdom teeth taken out. "He'll get himself ready, and he'll get himself right," Beckman said. "He's a little distraught by it. Of course, nobody wants to break their jaw." Beckman said he doesn't expect Buchanan to need any special protection when he returns to the field for his senior season. "My brother broke his jaw and continued to play football," Beckman said. "It's just healing. You don't put him back on the field until he's ready." As a junior, Buchanan was second on the team with 7.5 sacks and fifth with 64 tackles. He considered early entry into the NFL draft but decided to return for his final season. - Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette

04/03/2012 - Tim Beckman's first pivotal recruiting venture at Illinois didn't take place in a living room or at a camp for prep players. It happened at a California hotel in late December. His targets already wore the Orange and Blue. The group gathered before the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to meet with a man who, at that point, was their head coach only by title. "They didn't know me, and I didn't know them very well," said Beckman, hired Dec. 9 as Illinois' coach. "I had met with them because I met with everybody on the football team. I had watched practices. But it wasn't my job to interfere with them for their bowl game. "It was kind of a scary situation because I wanted all of them to stay." The group included defensive end Michael Buchanan, cornerback Terry Hawthorne, defensive tackle Akeem Spence and center Graham Pocic. Buchanan earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2011, while Hawthorne earned honorable mention honors and Spence displayed next-level ability. All-America defensive end Whitney Mercilus, pegged as a potential first-round pick, also met with Beckman. The meeting was part information session, part recruiting session. Beckman wanted to give each player an idea of his draft prospects. "I tried to formulate as much information as I possibly could so they could make an educated decision, from Whitney to all of them," Beckman said. "I wanted all of them to stay. I wanted all of them to be able to say they played their senior year at the University of Illinois and had the opportunity to be a champion." - Adam Rittenberg, ESPN

 
 
Latest News
03/08/2013 - 2013 Illinois Pro Day: Representatives from 27 NFL teams gathered at Illinois' pro day, where 15 players worked out. Michael Buchanan, DE - Kept his numbers from the combine, but weighed 247 at the pro day. He worked out with his hand in the ground as a defensive end. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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