Washington State S Deone Bucannon
With the 2014 NFL draft quickly approaching, I have decided to release more of the draft profile articles. As always, these articles are to highlight a player that could be on the Detroit Lions radar when the draft begins in ten days. This draft profile will feature Washington State Safety Deone Bucannon.
Deone Bucannon, who lists as a strong safety, stands at six foot one and weighs two hundred and eleven pounds. He has the ideal height and weight for a safety. He was a four year starter at Washington State. During his four years as a starter, he played against good competition in the PAC-12. Bucannon has a quality that the Lions have lacked in the backfield for quite some time. He loves contact and is a very physical tackler. The last time the Detroit Lions had someone in their secondary that opposing teams had to worry about was back when Mark Carrier roamed in the secondary. One other plus, especially for his first year or two in the league is his mentality for special teams coverage. Given the Lions having signed James Ihedigbo to be their starter, I would expect Bucannon to be a special teams player for a year or two as he develops.
The weaknesses that Deone Bucannon possesses are coachable weaknesses. He lacks the ideal fluidity in his hips and struggles in coverage. He also has mental lapses at times and displays a lack of discipline. For a Detroit Lions team that has struggled with discipline in recent years, this is a concern. I do believe though that new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin can rein him in and teach him to play with the necessary fluidity and control that would make him a quality starter in the secondary.
The statistics do not lie though when it comes to Bucannon’s ability. He posted six interceptions in 2013. He also added one hundred and fourteen tackles according to ESPN in 2013. It is hard to ignore when a safety is able to post those kinds of numbers in a division like the PAC-12. It is even harder to ignore when his statistics and his strengths play right into what the Detroit Lions needs are in the secondary, specifically at the safety position.
Given Deone Bucannon’s abilities, statistics, and the fact that he plays a similar game to Dashon Goldson, it is safe to say that he would be an ideal pick in round three if he is still available. He projects as a second or third round pick, and i suspect he would probably be chosen by a late second round team who is trying to bolster a thin secondary. If Bucannon is still on the board when the Detroit Lions pick in round three, and if his visit went as well as I suspect it did, I think it is safe to say he would be their choice.