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Deone Bucannon | Safety

Team: Washington State Cougars
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 192

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Cardinals selected Washington State S Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Bucannon (6-foot-1, 211) was a first-team All-American in 2013 after leading the Pac 12 in tackles (114) and tying for the conference lead in interceptions (6). His 15 career picks rank third in Wazzu history. Bucannon is a striker with speed (4.49) and explosive short-area athleticism (10-foot-5 broad jump). His cover skills are a work in progress, but Bucannon is ready to play "in the box" in the pros, and at very least will pose an immediate force on special teams. The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu, and Bucannon will at the very least be the No. 3 safety as a rookie alongside Mathieu and Rashad Johnson. Thu, May 8, 2014 11:20:00 PM

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Washington State S Deone Bucannon's visit with the Seahawks, which began on Monday, will run through Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon, who has already visited the Colts, Patriots, Vikings and Ravens, has another busy week planned. After Seattle, he'll visit Philadelphia and the Eagles between Tuesday and Wednesday, the New York Jets Wednesday-Thursday, and the New York Giants Thursday-Friday. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award last season, is a huge hitter who can also cover.
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has visited the Patriots, Colts and Ravens this week, according to Aaron Wilson.

Bucannon also has the Eagles, Jets and Giants scheduled before the visit deadline. The aggressive safety has drawn plenty of interest as of late. He might lack lateral agility, but Bucannon takes tight lines and closes in a hurry. He could wind up in the second-round.
Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:21:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Curtis Conway believes Washington State S Deone Bucannon is "easily" a first-round pick and should be rated similarly to Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Louisville's Calvin Pryor.

"When I watch this guy on film, he's a pro," said Conway. "He's the fastest safety in the draft. He's rated, in my opinion, right there with Clinton-Dix and Pryor because he's just that good." Mike Mayock ranks the 6-foot-1, 211-pounder No. 4 amongst safeties, behind NIU's Jimmie Ward. But Conway has agreement from colleague Charles Davis. "I think Bucannon is much more of a pure safety. He can play strong safety but I think he does a nice job in center field too," Davis said. "He has better range than people give him credit for and we know he can tackle. Plus he plays huge in the big games."
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 07:44:00 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon visited the Bears on Tuesday.

Bucannon played both free and strong safety. He is a bit of a straight line and robotic mover, but he has plenty of closing speed and is an aggressive tackles. In fact, he looks like a missile once clicking and closing, but there is some wasted movement when asked to change direction. The Bears absolutely need safety help.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 10:05:00 AM

Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench sees a potential fit between the Eagles and Washington State S Deone Bucannon.

The tea leaves aren't difficult to follow on this one, as Philly has a safety need and head coach Chip Kelly is deeply connected in the Pac 12. Philadelphia could look to the draft to find a starter to pair with former Saints' safety Malcolm Jenkins. "Bucannon is a playmaker with above-average range and a heavy hitter with the strength to play in the box," Muench wrote. "He also picked off Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice in 2012. He projects as a second-round pick but the Eagles may have to move up to get him."
Sun, Mar 23, 2014 07:26:00 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon has a "similar height-weight-speed ratio to the 49ers' 2013 first-round pick and No. 18 overall, safety Eric Reid out of LSU, but Bucannon's not as fluid," writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench.

Bucannon "excels at defending the run" and possesses "the upper body strength and arm length to play in the box in addition to the closing burst to get downhill when he lines up deep," writes Muench. That said, the analyst did see the "occasional missed tackle in space" and "bad angle" taken during a film session, but stresses that "they aren't repetitively glaring issues." Muench sees in Bucannon a "turnover machine" and "heavy hitter" with a good "closing burst." He identifies a fit with the Bengals as an upgrade over 2012 fifth-rounder George Iloka.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Washington State S Deone Bucannon clocked an official 4.49 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

It was the second fastest time amongst safeties, trailing only FSU's Terrence Brooks (4.42). Bucannon's 19 bench reps finished third most amongst safeties, while he ranked second in the broad jump (125 inches), and third in the vertical leap (36.5 inches) and 3-cone (6.96 seconds). "He's got size, he's got four years of high quality production in a BCS conference and he's coming in here, he did 19 reps at (225 pounds) yesterday and he's coming out here and running real well," said NFL Network Analyst Mike Mayock. Bucannon is a thumper who just made himself some money.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 07:57:00 PM

Washington State S Deon Bucannon will have to work on his pass coverage skills at the next level, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Although Bucannon accumulated six interceptions for the Cougs, his work was most impressive in the box. "Like [Louisville's Calvin] Pryor, Bucannon is known as a big hitter," wrote Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. "On the downside, he didn't cover receivers often in college." Bucannon isn't in the class of Pryor or Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but he's sure to benefit slightly from the NFL's increased focus on big-hitting safeties as the league races to copycat Seattle's blueprint.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 05:59:00 PM

The Pac-12 has suspended junior S Deon Bucannon for the first half of Saturday's game against UNLV.

The suspension stems from a hit to the head Bucannon made on a defenseless Eastern Washington receiver. The junior has one interception on the season along with two pass breakups and a tackle for loss.
Tue, Sep 11, 2012 04:23:00 PM