Overview: Deone Bucannon was a 1st team All-American and 1st Team All-Pac 12 for Washington State in 2013. At 6’1″ 211lbs., Bucannon is a playmaker, with 6 interceptions, three forced fumbles and 78 solo tackles last season. He’s an aggressive player who loves to blow up ball-carriers. Bucannon has good ball skills, which allowed him to snag 15 interceptions in his college career.
CBSSports.com raves about his “explosive hitting” and says that, at times, “he appears to be shot out of a cannon”. NFL.com notes that Deone Bucannon has “an ideal mentality for special teams” and drops down quickly on ball-carriers from his safety position.
However, CBSSports.com also states that Bucannon lacks the ability to change directions fluidly, while NFL.com claims that he struggles to match up with slot receivers. While he showed good range in 2013, Bucannon’s head-hunting instincts seem more suited to Strong Safety than the deep coverage skills needed in Kansas City’s defense—which often utilizes a single high safety.
40 yd Dash: 4.49 Bench: 19 Vertical: 36.5 Broad: 10'5" Shuttle: 4.26 3-cone: 6.96
Draft Projection: Some analysts see Deone Bucannon going as early as the 2nd round, while other see him as more of a 4th-5th round talent. Higher evaluations give credit to his proven playmaking ability over his limitations in coverage.
As appealing as he may be due to his aggressive hitting and imposing size, Bucannon is a poor fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. Unless the team wishes to shift Eric Berry to Free Safety, Deone Bucannon does not fill the team’s immediate need for a deep-coverage ball hawk. However, Bucannon’s outstanding head-hunter mentality will make him an easy pick due to projected special teams ability were he to fall past the 3rd round.
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