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Deone Bucannon | Defensive Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/30/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 211
College: Washington State
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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. Jul 25 - 1:52 PM

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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
Jun 14 - 8:21 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.
Jun 7 - 8:54 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.
Jun 5 - 5:17 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.
May 8 - 11:17 PM

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