30 for 29: This is the eighteenth in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington St.
6-1, 211 pounds, 8/30/92
2013: 114 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
Went to Vanden High School in Fairfield, California. Started 43 of the 49 games he played at WSU. First-team AP All-American, first team All-Pac 12. Jim Thorpe Award finalist. Led Pac-12 in tackles as a senior. Also played golf in high school.
TO THE GOOD
Incredibly productive college player in the Pac-12. Tremendously physical player. Reads quickly and is a terror in run support. Excellent special teams ability. Really likes to hit. Attacks the ball when it’s in the air.
TO THE BAD
Heavily muscled up top and seems tight in his hips. Even though he proved to be a very durable player at WSU, he could stand to work on some flexibility. Can be overaggressive and plays very upright which could make it harder for him when he’s matched up in coverage.
Bucannon has had a tire-kicking from the Patriots and he’s intriguing since the team hasn’t fully solved the safety spot next to Devin McCourty. Duron Harmon had a nice first season as a third-rounder but he shouldn’t be viewed as the no-contest incumbent with Steve Gregory gone. Tavon Wilson hasn’t developed well either and the signs of slippage from returning safety Patrick Chung began in 2012. Bucannon is a second-day prospect that could fit the bill for the Patriots, especially with that special teams value.
Generally viewed as a second or third-round pick.