Ravens' draft primer: Deone Bucannon

With 24 days until the NFL draft begins, here is another potential draft prospect for the Baltimore Ravens:


Position: Safety

School: Washington State

Height/weight: 6-1, 211

Round projection: Second round

File this away: Bucannon led the Pac-12-last season with 114 tackles and finished with second-most solo tackles in school history (268).

Good: Bucannon is often labeled as a strong safety, but he's a more well-rounded safety. It's true he is one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the draft. Bucannon, though, improved his range and finished with a career-high six interceptions last season. He had a total of 15 interceptions and seven forced fumbles in his career. There aren't too many prospects who have as much experience (four-year starter) and leadership ability (three-time captain).

Bad: He lacks awareness, which is a big weakness for a safety. Bucannon can get fooled by play action and pump fakes, and his average speed doesn't allow him to recover. He is often described as being "stiff" in the hips and doesn't change directions fluidly.

Bottom line: Bucannon possesses a lot of traits that the Ravens covet: competitiveness, physical mentality, experience and leadership. This is why the Ravens brought him in for a pre-draft visit. If the Ravens don't take a safety in the first round, Bucannon would definitely be a possibility for them in the second. He isn't the prototypical free safety, but he is the type of playmaker the Ravens need in the secondary. Bucannon is considered a top-five safety by both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.