2014 NFL Draft: S Deone Bucannon Selected By Arizona Cardinals

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Deone Bucannon, S – Washington State, 6’1”, 211 LBS

Drafted Round 1, Pick 27 (Arizona) 

Combine Results: 125” Broad Jump | 36.5″ Vertical Jump | 4.49 Forty

  • Tied for third in the 40-yard dash and vertical jump among all safeties
  • Third among all safeties in bench press (19 reps) and three cone drill (6.96)
  • Second among all safeties in broad jump (2” behind Kenny Ladler) 

Accolades:

  • Recorded 384 career tackles, fourth-most in WSU history
  • Made 268 career solo tackles, second-most in WSU history
  • Tallied 15 career interceptions, third-most in WSU history
  • Three-time all-conference selection
  • First-Team All-American as a senior
  • Freshman All-American
  • Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist as a senior
  • Led team in tackles three times
  • Led Pac-12 in tackles and tied for lead in interceptions as a senior
  • Three time captain at WSU 

NFL Impact: Deone Bucannon is the prototypical NFL safety in terms of height and speed. He has long arms and a big build that he uses to punish opposing players with bone-rattling hits (his highlight film is very impressive). He is best in the run game, providing support in the box. He seems to love lighting up his competition, no matter if they are the guy holding the ball or just a blocker. He gets downhill quick and can slip by blockers to unload on opposing backs. He goes for the knockout shot too much and can be susceptible to shifty backs. He needs some work on wrapping up backs and some angles to the ball.

In the passing game, he uses his wingspan well in high-pointing the ball for an interception or a pass deflection. He has good hands and technique in catching the ball. Bucannon uses his physical stature and speed well in matchups with slot receivers and tight ends. He has solid range to play zone defense in the middle of the field. Bucannon needs to work on his route recognition in order to make more of an impact in the passing game. He has shown an knack for getting sucked in on pump fakes and play action. 

Overall. Bucannon is a physical guy that is going to make some highlight reel hits. He needs to work on his pass cover skills and over aggression. He gets beat on too many big plays by falling for fakes. He is a Dashon Goldson type, a guy that delivers big hits but struggles against the pass at certain points in the game. If Bucannon works in the film room, he should be able to clean up some of his errors going forward. 

Fantasy Impact: It will interesting where Bucannon fits into the Cardinals’ defense with Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie, Yeremiah Bell, and Tyrann Mathieu (when healthy).  Head Coach Bruce Arians said this about Bucannon: “We’ll give him opportunities to knock the crap out of people.”  Well, if that’s his role, he will be quite good at that.  Bucannon will get his share of forced fumbles and tackles as an IDP along with an INT or two.  He will increase that already high value of the Arizona Cardinals defense with his skills of limiting yards and forced fumbles.