Draft Watch: Deone Bucannon, Washington State
Bucannon is the top rated senior strong safety prospect in the eyes of many scouts after an All-American season in 2013. He possesses the type of NFL size (6-1 215), speed, instincts and ball skills that teams heavily covet for the position. Bucannon led the conference and team in tackles with 109 while also snagging six interceptions. He plays in the box, near the line of scrimmage and he’s an aggressive hitter and punishing tackler. Bucannon plays with exceptional range and shows good awareness in coverage. He does get caught with his eyes in the backfield at times leading to some blown coverages. Bucannon needs to improve his consistency when diagnosing play-action and also reading the eyes of quarterback. Overall, he is a top-60 NFL prospect that is projected to be drafted in the early to mid second round.