Draft Rewind 2014: Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals

DEONE BUCANNONWhat Ourlads NFL Scouting Services said about DEONE BUCANNON: Washington State, 6010 211 4.48. Four-year starter who led the Pac-12 in tackles with 109. His total of 114 tackles was 8th best in the country. He is the biggest, fastest, most productive, durable, explosive, and athletic safety in this draft. He has experience at both free and strong safety. Has been elected team captain three times. A physical run through tackler who plays the ball well down the field and has good ball skills. Smart, mature, tough, versatile, and motivated. Supports the run like a concrete truck running into a Yugo. He is not only a hitter, but a wrap up tackler. Has the feet and flexibility to run with tight ends, backs, and wide receivers. Can play deep off the ball or in the slot. Forces fumbles not only as a collision hitter but with his active hands grabbing at the ball. Athletic and agile working through traffic on run support. Recorded 384 tackles in his career, 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 15 interceptions. A four year playmaker. The Sultan of Swat from the Palouse grades out as a very valuable weapon for a creative defensive coordinator against the run, in pass coverage, and as a blitzer. Three teams – St. Louis (#13), Pittsburgh (#15), and Baltimore (#17) are all looking for safeties. Any team that selects him after that trio just held up a Brinks truck. Bucannon has a consistent pattern of success from his high school days through his college career. As an extra bonus, Deone can play golf on off days with the defensive coordinator that selects him. He lettered in golf for four years in high school. Senior Bowl notes: liked his change of direction in drills. Closed well in pursuit and was fluid in transition. Physical in tackling drills and showed aggressive play in run support. The physical safety put a pad popper hit on James White during practice. 2013 stats: 114 T, 6 INT, 3 FF. BTR:left 4.59, right 4.59. OSR:2/ 18. First round. (A-32 3/8, H-9 3/4, VJ-36.5, SS-4.26).

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