The Cardinals used their first-round pick, No. 27 overall, on Bucannon in last month’s draft. Bucannon is the last of the team’s seven draft picks to sign his contract.
Although he didn’t line up with the first-team defense at organized team activities (OTAs) in May, Bucannon is expected to step in right away at strong safety.
Arizona traded down seven spots from No. 20 before drafting Bucannon but he now figures to play an important role for the defense in 2014. He joins a secondary that figures to be among the league’s youngest and will pair as the big, physical presence next to free safety Tyrann Mathieu.
While the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Bucannon cuts an imposing figure who should help the Cardinals in run support; one of his primary jobs will be improving the team's woeful coverage of tight ends.
That’s a task that Bucannon is better served to handle than perhaps his size might suggest.
Bucannon comes to the Cardinals after a productive career at Washington State, where he posted 114 tackles, six interceptions, four-and-a-half tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2013.