Strong safety Deone Bucannon, the Arizona Cardinals' first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, has not signed a contract yet but the length of contract and the financial terms appear to be agreed upon.
Due to the NFL rookie wage scale, Bucannon's four-year rookie contract is expected to be worth about $7.7 million with about a $3.9 million signing bonus, according to reports. A fifth-year option can also be included in Bucannon's contract since he was a first-round pick.
At this point in time, only three first-round picks have signed as of last night, the lowest one being wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the New Orleans Saints, who chose him at 20th after swapping places with the Red Birds. Cooks' deal will be worth about $8.4 million with a $4.4 million signing bonus, according to ESPN.com reports.
Let's take a look at Bucannon's scouting profile via cbssports.com:
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.
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