In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2014 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on May 8th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Washington State Deone Bucannon.
School: Washington State
Weight: 211 pounds
The closer we inch toward the NFL Draft, the more we hear about potential sleepers. Evaluating the skillset of Deone Bucannon, it’s easy to see why his name in particular has emerged as a big time sleeper quickly rising up draft boards.
A three-time team captain over his four years at Washington State, the safety ranks among the school’s all-time leaders with 384 tackles and 15 interceptions. He is fresh off his best season to date in which he notched a career-high 114 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. Bucannon’s 78 solo tackles were the 11th most in the country, and he is also a noted special teams contributor, leading the Cougars with seven tackles in the kicking game. As a result the safety was named a First Team All American in 2013.
While he has gained major buzz of late, Bucannon made a name for himself back in February at the Scouting Combine, finishing in the top three for safeties in almost every major category. He ranked second in the broad jump (125.0 inches) and third in the 40-yard dash (4.49), bench press (19 reps), and vertical jump (36.5).
Strong against both the pass and run, Bucannon is equal part ball hawk and heat seeking missile. At 6-1, 211-pounds he boasts the ideal build for a safety and uses his physique to his advantage. He is a natural playmaker with the ball in the air and is incredibly willing to mix it up in the run game as a jarring force in the box.
While he is a heavy hitter, analysts note he needs to do a better job of being a surefire tackler. Overall, Bucannon possesses an intriguing skillset which is why he is a fast riser leading up to May 8.
40-yard Dash: 4.49
Bench Press: 19 reps
Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches
Broad Jump: 125.0 inches
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