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Deone Bucannon | Linebacker | #20

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/30/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Washington State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (27) / ARZ
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Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has packed on 12 pounds of muscle this offseason.
Drafted as a safety 27th overall in the 2014 draft, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals his first two seasons. Arizona wanted to move him back to safety ahead of 2015, but it didn't happen, and Bucannon went on to be PFF's No. 10 inside 'backer, receiving positive marks for both his pass rush and coverage. He was a weak spot in run defense, however. Apr 20 - 12:33 PM

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Cardinals ILB Deone Bucannon has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 15.

Bucannon, the 27th pick in last year's draft, recorded his first career interception in Sunday night's blowout win over the Eagles and returned it for a touchdown. Drafted as a safety, Bucannon has been playing inside linebacker for the Cardinals. He's received strong marks for his coverage and pass-rush ability, grading out as PFF's No. 12 inside linebacker.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 10:50:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Deone Bucannon will move back to safety this season.

Bucannon was a versatile stud as a rookie, playing a hybrid linebacker position despite getting drafted as a safety. But with Sean Weatherspoon now in the fold and Daryl Washington possibly getting off suspension, the need at linebacker isn't as great. So Bucannon will be competing with Rashad Johnson, Tony Jefferson and Tyrann Mathieu for snaps at safety -- at least in base looks.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 11:17:00 AM

The Cardinals plan to use first-round SS Deone Bucannon as a linebacker in nickel and dime packages.

Taylor Mays and Glover Quin are notable NFL safeties who've excelled in the dime 'backer role. "We have a young man in Deone who is just a natural for it," Arians said. "Sixty percent of the game is nickel (defense), and whether we have two linebackers out there or a safety and a linebacker is yet to be seen." Bucannon is also likely to start at strong safety on early downs.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 01:52:00 PM

ESPN's Josh Weinfuss expects rookie Deone Bucannon to win the Cardinals' strong safety job.

Bucannon, the No. 27 overall pick, is competing with Tony Jefferson for the starting spot opposite Tyrann Mathieu (ACL, LCL surgery). He missed time at OTAs with a turf toe injury, but is on track for mandatory minicamp. The Cardinals will likely use a rotation of Jefferson and Rashad Johnson at free safety if Mathieu isn't ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Cardinals rookie S Deone Bucannon is sitting out practice with turf toe.

The No. 27 overall pick in May's draft, the Cardinals would love Bucannon to open the season as their starting strong safety. Missed practice time could slow Bucannon's rise on the depth chart, however. Even so, it is only a matter of time before Bucannon overtakes Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 08:54:00 AM

Cardinals signed No. 27 overall pick S Deone Bucannon to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-round picks, the deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2018. Standing in at 6'1/211, 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" from Day 1. The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu. Look for Bucannon to quickly unseat Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 05:17:00 PM

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. Look for Bucannon to quickly unseat Rashad Johnson at strong safety.
Thu, May 8, 2014 11:17:00 PM