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2016 NFL DRAFT

Deone Bucannon, SS

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

05/12/2014 - A Cardinals' sin?: Draft a 'head-hunter'...The Arizona Cardinals think they filled one need completely and another partially during the first round of the 2014 draft. And general manager Steve Keim was so excited he forgot about being politically correct in his zeal to describe thier first pick. Strong safety Deone Bucannon will start immediately if the Cardinals used good judgment in taking him with the 27th overall pick. Yeremiah Bell, last year's starter, is unsigned and it appears he will retire. Bucannon should step right into the spot and give the Cardinals more size and more athleticism. "Not only do we feel like we filled a specific need," Keim said, "we filled it with a player we targeted for quite some time. "The guy's a headhunter," Keim added, obviously not in lock-step with, or sensitive to, the NFL's emphasis on safety. "He's physical. I don't want to mention him in the same breath as Adrian Wilson, but there are some physical similarities and same type of mentality we were looking for."

The Cardinals traded down seven spots, receiving the Saints third-round pick (91st overall) in return. Adding draft picks was a goal of Keim's this year. The Cardinals entered the draft with only six, missing a seventh-rounder that was sent to the Raiders last year in a trade for Carson Palmer.

The additional third rounder gives the Cardinals some flexibility heading into the second day of the draft. In his first draft as general manager last year, Keim traded down twice, adding two picks. One he used on running back Andre Ellington, who was dynamic as a rookie. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/27 - Deone Bucannon, S, 6-1, 211, Washington State...The Cardinals traded down seven spots in the first and drafted the safety they say they targeted all along. Bucannon adds size and youth to a position where it was badly needed. He's a big hitter, although there are questions about his coverage abilities. The Cardinals think he will help defend tight ends, a weakness in 2013. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 51/2. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State, 6-1, 211, 4.49, 2-3...Bucannon may have set an unofficial record for noisy collisions during a truly impactful four years in which he played in every game. Last year was named first-team All-American after 78 solo tackles, three forced fumbles and six interceptions. Frankly: Never mind his lack of agility, so-so reaction time in coverage and occasional missed tackle. Put him on the field and listen for the wind being knocked out of runners or receivers as if hit by a Mike Tyson body punch. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the New York Jets' draft radar: S Deone Bucannon, Washington State: While cornerback may be the greatest area of concern for the Jets, improving at safety is also a priority. Strong safety Dawan Landry is a solid, no-nonsense run-stuffing presence but is far from a standout. Free safety Antonio Allen flashes but was replaced by Ed Reed late in the season and with the former Pro Bowler now a street free agent, the Jets could be on the search for an upgrade. Bucannon is aptly named as he plays as if shot from a cannon, exhibiting startling closing speed and a big-hitting mentality. His improved ball-skills (school record 15 career interceptions) and leadership ability (three-time captain) is likely to appeal to any team looking for a potential day one starter in the deep patrol and therefore if he's available in the third, the Jets would be wise to pounce. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on Cincinnati's draft radar: SS Deone Bucannon, Washington State: While Reggie Nelson has free safety locked down, strong safety has been a trouble area. Incumbent starter Taylor Mays is the type that you will always look to replace and if a prospect like Bucannon is still on the board in the second or third round, that time might be now. The Washington State product is a tough, physical player who emphatically throws his body around and will pile up the tackles, but needs to stay under control to make consistent stops. Bucannon has stiff hips and joints, but he plays fast with very good play speed, especially downhill, attacking the line of scrimmage. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 6-1, 211, 4.49...Bucannon may have set an unofficial record for noisy collisions during a truly impactful four years in which he played in every game. Last year was named first-team All-American after 78 solo tackles, three forced fumbles and six interceptions. Frankly: Nevermind his lack of agility, so-so reaction time in coverage and occasional missed tackle. Put him on the field and listen for the wind being knocked out of runners and receivers as if hit by a Mike Tyson body punch. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/20/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN WINNERS: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State: At a shade under 6-feet-1 and 216 pounds, Bucannon certainly passed the eyeball test, sporting a muscled-up frame that stood out in comparison to the other safeties in this game. With a 78-inch wingspan, Bucannon also had the widest of any of the safeties measured. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Safety Deone Bucannon became the first Washington State player since wide receiver Brandon Gibson in 2007 to earn first team all-Pac-12 honors. Bucannon led the Pac-12 in tackles (109) and also had five interceptions and three forced fumbles. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Deone Bucannon, Washington State, 6-1 215, Sr., Fairfield, CA...Bucannon becomes the first Cougar to earn All-American second-team honors since Mkristo Bruce in 2006. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson was a third team selection in 2007. Bucannon, a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's best defensive back, led the Pac-12 Conference with 109 tackles, tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions and tied for team-highs with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The Fairfield, Calif. native enters the Gildan New Mexico Bowl as the NCAA's active leader in career solo tackles, tied for second in career interceptions and fifth in career tackles. His 14 career interceptions are tied for third-most in school history while his 379 career tackles are fourth-most win WSU history. Bucannon's 109 stops are the most by a Cougar since James Darling recorded 136 in 1996 and follows a 106 tackle campaign in 2012, giving him the first back-to-back 100-tackle seasons since Billy Newman in 1999-2000. - Washington State football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Deone Bucannon, Sr., Washington State...Bucannon becomes the first Cougar to earn first team accolades since wideout Brandon Gibson in 2007 and the first defensive back since safety Eric Frampton in 2006. The Fairfield, Calif. native led the Pac-12 in tackles with 109, his second straight 100-tackle season, the most by a Cougar since James Darling's 136 in 1996.

Bucannon tied for the team lead and tied for fourth in the conference with five interceptions. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two, tallied 4.5 tackles-for-loss and registered four double-digit tackle performances. His 74 solo tackles are the tenth-most in the country this season. It is the second career all-conference honor for Bucannon after being named to the second team last season, he was also named a Freshman All-American in 2010. He owns the fourth-most tackles in WSU history (379) and is tied for the third-most interceptions in school history with 14. - Washington State football

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Washington State's Bucannon passes test vs. Arizona...Boasting a much more imposing frame than in past years, Bucannon certainly looks the part of an NFL player. When attacking the line of scrimmage in run support or protecting the middle against unsuspecting receivers, his closing speed and willingness to drop his shoulder can result in the eye-popping collisions that helped him earn Second Team All-Pac-12 honors last season, despite playing for a 3-9 team.

Bucannon's ability to dictate the action from his traditional strong safety role aided the Cougars' in their road victory over the Wildcats. Don't be surprised if it also generates him a selection within the first 75 picks of the 2014 NFL draft -- a higher position than any Washington State prospect has been drafted in more than a decade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Washington State's Bucannon passes test vs. Arizona...Washington State's defense has shown the ferocity of a house cat in recent years, but strong safety Deone Bucannon is proving a notable exception. Bucannon, among 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, didn't add to his eye-popping turnover numbers in Washington State's 24-17 victory but did perhaps answer a key question scouts have about his NFL projection. It isn't difficult to understand why talent evaluators have grown enamored with "Big Play" Bucannon. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior entered Saturday's game leading the Pac-12 with 85 tackles. Further, he's accounted for 10 turnovers (five interceptions, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles) through nine games.

While the Wildcats certainly are not as gifted as Oregon or physical as Stanford, their versatile offense provided scouts a test from which to grade Bucannon. The Wildcats boast one of the nation's elite running backs in junior Ka'Deem Carey. Bucannon is widely regarded as one of the better run-defending safeties in the country but he couldn't focus on stopping Arizona's All-American because Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez's quick-hitting passing attack was just as likely to carve up the Cougars' defense. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Washington State's Bucannon passes test vs. Arizona...Bucannon is an imposing downhill hitter but failing to make the tackle on Arizona's first score of the game is a play he'd likely rather forget. Lining up on the right hash in a traditional two-deep look, Bucannon stepped up aggressively as Carey took the handoff from Denker. Carey weaved his way through a muddled line of scrimmage, forcing the Washington defense to pursue to their left. Bucannon did so but had to avoid the umpire, causing him to lose sight of Carey for a split second. This was all Carey needed, as he cut back to his left, fighting through Bucannon's desperation arm tackle on his way to a weaving 30-yard touchdown jaunt. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/21/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Washington State's Bucannon passes test vs. Arizona...The Wildcats' spread offense forced Bucannon to cover slot receivers, while keeping an eye on the backfield should Carey get the handoff. While instinctive, the high-cut defender appeared vulnerable in this role as he - like most long-legged players - does not change directions as fluidly as shorter athletes. Despite the appearance of vulnerability, Bucannon allowed only one reception in this contest while covering the slot, showing off his awareness, surprising acceleration and long arms to force quarterback B.J. Denker to focus elsewhere. While generally regarded as a quality open-field tackler, Bucannon's struggles with fluidity ironically showed up more when attempting to tackle Carey than in coverage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 6. Deone Bucannon, Washington State, safety: A vicious hitter, who kicked off the season with a brutal hit in the Auburn game and has been making big plays and forcing turnovers all fall. The muscled-up 215-pound DB leads WSU in tackles by a wide margin with 73 but he's also accounted for seven turnovers with three forced fumbles and four INTs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/12/2013 - Scouting the Washington State pass defense: In a word: good. Two interceptions for Washington State, good QB pressure and solid tackling locked down the USC passing game. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Scouting the Washington State run defense: It was not good in Auburn. The Tigers ran for 295 yards. Meanwhile, the Trojans' Tre Madden ran 109 on just 18 carries last week at Hawaii. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Safety Deonne Bucannon left an impression on Auburn and one on its field. He was everywhere Saturday when he made 12 solo tackles, more than twice as many as the next Cougar. Bucannon had 14 tackles on the day. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2013 - WSU's big-hitting Bucannon thumps Auburn...He'll draw the ire of scouts for preferring to tackle high, often leaving his feet to fly through the air with outstretched arms to catch ball-carriers. Because of their fantastically-physical nature, some of his tackles are highlight-reel worthy. Bucannon's arms are too often close enough to the helmet and back of the shoulder pads, however, that it could tempt a jumpy referee to throw the flag for an illegal hit. The hard-hitting Cougar safety has struggled with penalties throughout his career and was flagged for unnecessary roughness after a helmet to helmet hit on running back Corey Grant in the third quarter. Bucannon's big hit forced a fumble (and can be seen here) but the penalty instead gave the Tigers a first down.

Bucannon wasn't asked to make many plays against the pass in this contest as Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall completed just 10 passes for 99 yards as the Tigers featured the running attack. If the big-hitter can prove he's athletic and instinctive enough to handle coverage duties in the NFL, he could challenge for a spot among the first 75 picks in the 2014 draft -- a plateau no Cougar has climbed since cornerback Marcus Trufant was selected No. 11 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - WSU's big-hitting Bucannon thumps Auburn...With innovative offensive minds Mike Leach and Gus Malzahn leading the way for the Washington State Cougars and the hosting Auburn Tigers, one couldn't have blamed scouts for expecting a player from that side of the ball to make the big impression. Instead, it was Washington State's senior free safety Deone Bucannon who proved the most impactful prospect in this game.

The 6-1, 215-pound safety was all over the field for the Cougars, finishing with a game-high 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops. While allowing an average of 6.6 yards per rushing attempt will put a free safety in position to make a lot of tackles, it was the 2012 second-team all-conference pick's physicality which may have taken talent evaluators unfamiliar with him by surprise.

While Washington State is bigger and stronger since Leach took over the program a year ago, many of the Cougars were noticeably smaller than their SEC counterparts. Bucannon was one of the few Washington State players to physically match up. The well-built safety repeatedly thumped Auburn ball-carriers with bone-rattling hits. Further, his recovery of a fumble with just four minutes remaining in the game gave the Cougars the ball at midfield down just seven points. Washington State challenged but ultimately turned the ball over on downs, losing 31-24. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/28/2013 - Safety Deone Bucannon is aware of the new "targeting" rule that says if a defenseless player is hit in the head, the player delivering the blow is automatically ejected. Bucannon was known for hard and, at times, high hits under the old rules that he received flags for. "It's definitely a rule that's going to be hard to abide by, going full speed, but at the same time, you know, whatever helps the other players for player safety," Bucannon said. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP WASHINGTON STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. FS Deone Bucannon (6-1, 215, 4.57)...Bucannon has a high-cut frame which limits his overall fluidity somewhat but helps him accelerate smoothly. He possesses good speed and is an effective, if not consistently physical, tackler. At times, Bucannon will drop his head and lunge to make the big hit, which can result in some missed tackles in the open field. Considering that he was often employed as a single-high free safety in the Cougars' defense last season, his missed tackles did result in some big plays for the opponent.

Bucannon will need to prove more reliable in this regard to earn a selection in the 2014 draft but the size, athleticism and experience are there on paper to push scouts to give him a strong look. Bucannon is joined by his brother, David, a redshirt freshman who earned the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year last season at safety for the Cougars. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP WASHINGTON STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. FS Deone Bucannon (6-1, 215, 4.57)...One advantage of playing on a porous defense is that the defensive backs are often put in position to make tackles. This fact has helped Bucannon lead the Cougars in total tackles in two of the past three seasons (he finished second in 2011), including a 106-tackle effort last season that resulted in his earning Second Team All-Pac-12 acknowledgement.

A starter in 30 of 36 possible games since signing with the Cougars, Bucannon is a generally reliable open-field tackler with good instincts and agility in coverage. He also possesses good ball-skills, as well as the quick burst to close when the ball is in the air. These traits have helped him intercept nine passes over his career, including four in 2012. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: S Deone Bucannon, a senior, has been the leader of the WSU secondary the past three years but should now have a little more help around him to let his talents shine. He has long been one of the more consistent tacklers in the conference. - The Sports Xchange

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Deone Bucannon, Washington State...Bucannon is one of 48 players included on the watch list for the award that honors the nation's best defensive back. The Fairfield, Calif. native was an All-Pac-12 second team selection last season after making a team-high 106 tackles, tied for second-most in the Pac-12 and was the highest total by any non-linebacker. Bucannon also made a team-best four interceptions including a two-interception performance against Oregon. Bucannon posted seven double-digit tackle performances including a 17-tackle game at Arizona State. - Washington State football

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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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