Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Deone Bucannon, DS Washington State

Created on Apr. 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST



2013 STATS: 109 TKL, 5 INT

STRENGTHS: There may not be a safety in this draft class who enjoys hitting opponents more than Bucannon. He racked up over 100 tackles in each of his final two seasons at Washington State, and he loves to deliver bone-jarring hits in open space. He understands how to disguise the blitz when asked to do so and can be a valuable contributor in run support. Though he can pay for it at times, he uses great instincts to get an early break on the football. He's made improvements as a coverage safety that have allowed him to haul in 15 picks during his four years on campus. Underrated athlete who ran a sub 4.5 40 yard dash at the combine and has great frame to handle playing at the next level. He's experienced and started for the Cougars from day one.

WEAKNESSES: Bucannon loves to hit, but the results don't always end pretty. Sometimes, he gets so focused on delivering a vicious collision that he fails to wrap up or whiffs completely. To this point, he's held up physically, but scouts have a legitimate concern wondering if he will have longevity given his playing style. He plays aggressively in the secondary, which ends up getting him in trouble far too often. He can get sucked in by play action pass plays and smart quarterbacks can toy with him using pump fakes. His willingness to sell out for the run ends up hurting him in coverage in these situations. He surprised teams with his athletic ability at the combine, but film shows he still may have some trouble matching up with opposing receivers in the league.

WHERE HE FITS: Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor should be manning the safety spots for years to come in Seattle, so it wouldn't seem to make much sense to draft Bucannon. However, the Seahawks have a visit scheduled with him on Monday and have shown varying levels of interest throughout the pre-draft process. It's no secret that the Seahawks love to stockpile big, physical secondary players, and Bucannon would fit right in with the Legion of Boom. Plus, Chris Maragos fled to Philadelphia and it wouldn't be a bad idea to add depth at the safety spots. But based on where Bucannon should be drafted a few weeks from now, it seems highly unlikely that Seattle would invest a first or second round pick in a position where they don't need to find a starter anytime soon. If Seattle wants to add depth, they can do so in later rounds.
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