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2015 NFL DRAFT

Deone Bucannon, SS

School: Washington State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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5122

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.482.561.5419 36 1/210'5"4.266.96
Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Boasts an imposing build with broad shoulders and a thick, muscled-up top half. Best attribute may be his explosive hitting, as Bucannon at times appears as though he is shot out of a cannon, unloading on runners and receivers crossing the middle and forcing fumbles. Doesn't only rely on his big hits to create fumbles, also demonstrating the wherewithal to rip at the ball as he's making the tackle (career-high three forced fumbles in 2013). Also showed improved range and ball-skills in 2013, recording a career-high six interceptions in 2013 to give him 15 for his career... Enjoyed a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Has a high, choppy backpedal and is stiff in the hips, limiting his ability to change directions fluidly. This leaves Bucannon vulnerable to double-moves and ball-carriers with the agility to cutback against the grain. While a big-hitter, too often Bucannon will lunge at ball-carriers, occasionally resulting in some ugly whiffs. Struggles a bit with tunnel vision, focusing strictly on the ball-carrier and losing sight of would-be blockers, who take advantage of his lack of spatial awareness to seal him off from the play.

COMPARES TO: Craig Dahl, San Francisco 49ers - Like the 6-1, 212-pound Dahl, Bucannon possesses an imposing frame and good closing speed which can result in some big hits. While possessing better ball-skills perhaps than Dahl, Bucannon is not particularly fluid which could lead to his struggles earning (and keeping) a starting role in the NFL.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

First-team All-American whose dependability near the line of scrimmage with 78 solo tackles (tied for 11th in the country) and three forced fumbles and in coverage -- six interceptions -- underscores his all-around ability.

Bucannon's ideal size, hard-hitting style and fierce competitive nature are exactly what teams seek safety. However, his limited flexibility and poor awareness and reaction time in coverage are measured shortcomings.

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05/12/2014 - A Cardinals' sin?: Draft a 'head-hunter'..."You can get a potential impact player in the third round," coach Bruce Arians said. "Now, there is the potential to maybe package something and get two second-rounders. It just gives you a lot of ammunition." The Cardinals thought many "draft experts" had undervalued Bucannon, and they wondered why he wasn't rated as highly as other safeties, such as Louisville's Calvin Pryor and Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

"You look at his resume, his stats, his height, weight and speed versus any other safety in this draft...and we wondered all along why he wasn't talked about along with some of those other top players," Keim said. Tight ends had been receiving games against the Cardinals all last season, partially because they didn't have a safety with enough size and speed. Bucannon might be able to help that. He's 6-feet-1, 211 pounds and ran the 40 in 4.49 seconds at the scouting combine in February. "In our division, you'd better like to hit," Arians said. "He plays with a lot of passion. He's going to be a great fit in our locker room. We've got some good guys here to help him and teach and give him opportunities to knock the crap out of people in our division. "He's got the length and the speed, so he can match up on slot receivers and tight ends. He's an excellent blitzer and tackler." With Bucannon, the Cardinals should have a tall, physical secondary. Cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie also are taller than 6-feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. "We qualify as one of the better, deeper secondaries already," Arians said. "When you add him (Bucannon) in, with his ability to play in the box, half field, back end and tackle, it makes us pretty dag gone good." - The Sports Xchange

 

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