Deone Bucannon (SS), Washington State
6’1” | 211 lbs.
114 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 6 INT, 3 FF
What the scouts are saying:
"Although he's built like a cornerback, Bucannon's style of play makes it easy to identify him as a tone-setting strong safety. Has coverage limitations, but brings the aggressiveness and physicality to carve a niche as a downhill box defender and core special-teams player." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"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." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)
"The past few seasons, Bucannon was one of the most physical defenders in the Pac-12. He has developed a reputation as being a thumper safety who is always looking to punish receivers and running backs. Generally, Bucannon is a reliable tackler who has no problems being the eighth man in the box. " (WalterFootball.com)
Fit for the Bears:
The safety position is arguably the Bears' weakest position. You can expect to see Phil Emery and the Bears add a safety within one of their first two selections. Chris Conte is out for the next 4-5 months after undergoing shoulder surgery in March. The team added Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings, but the chances of both players becoming long-term options in Chicago are highly unlikely. Deone Bucannon is one of the top strong safeties in the draft and a projected second-round selection. If the Bears elect to look at a position other than safety with their first-round pick, Bucannon would be a solid second-round selection if he's still on the board when Chicago picks at No. 51.