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2014 NFL Draft: Arizona Cardinals Select Safety Deone Bucannon in First Round of NFL Draft

May 9th, 2014 at 4:56 AM
By Steve Smith

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Welcome to the desert Deone Bucannon.

The Arizona Cardinals selected safety Deone Bucannon of Washington State University in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Bucannon is 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds.

Here is his scouting profile via nfl.com:

Strengths Good length and overall size. Reads run and drops downhill quickly. Has an old-school mentality — likes contact and is a physical tackler (seeks to punish the ball carrier). Shows pop on contact. Covers kicks and has an ideal mentality for special teams. Productive four-year starter.

Weaknesses Struggles to recover from missteps and will not track anyone down from behind. Some tightness in his hips. Takes some inaccurate angles. Man-coverage limitations (struggles to mirror slot receivers). Can be overaggressive and miss tackles. Does not always arrive under control in space. Lacks discipline on the field and makes too many mental mistakes. Got shook in the hole for a 75-yard TD vs. Colorado State and gives up too many big plays with bad angles. 

Bottom Line Good-sized, athletic, physical safety who stands out as a straight-line striker on tape and sets the tone. Has coverage limitations, but brings aggressiveness and intensity to carve a niche as a downhill box defender and core special-teams player. Must learn to become more assignment sound to maximize his potential. Has some similarities to Tampa Bay FS Dashon Goldson.

Overview His name is pronounced "DAY-own byew-CAN-nin)." Defensive back-receiver who also golfed as a California prep. Fractured his left collarbone in his final high school game. Played in 12 games (eight starts at strong safety) as a true freshman in 2010 and had 84 tackles, five pass breakups and two interceptions with four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. Started 11-of-12 games in '11 and registered 80-4-3 with two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal. Appeared in 12 games (11 starts) in '12 and had 106-4-4 with three tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Led the team in tackles. Was suspended for the first half of the UNLV contest as punishment for a hit to the head on a defenseless receiver. In '13, started all 13 games and totaled 114-1-6 with 4.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Led the Pac-12 in tackles and tied for the lead in interceptions. Also played on the kickoff and punt coverage teams and tied for the team lead with seven special-teams tackles. Three-time captain concluded his college career ranking among the WSU all-time leaders in tackles (384) and interceptions (15).

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Cardinals, Dashon Goldson, Deone Bucannon, Football, NFL

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