Arizona Cardinals Make Unexpected, Smart Move in Selecting Deone Bucannon

By Chris Ross
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Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

In what was one of the more surprising picks in the first round, the Arizona Cardinals selected Deone Bucannon, a strong safety out of Washington State.

Let me just begin by saying, although this probably wasn’t the most popular pick for the Cardinals, I believe it was the right one. Sure, there’s a need for a quarterback to develop behind Carson Palmer; however, the Cardinals knew they needed to add some more talent to their secondary immediately, and instead of picking a quarterback that might help three or four years down the road, they were able to pick up a safety that can contribute right away.

Although Jimmie Ward was the consensus best strong safety available, Bucannon was overlooked throughout much of the draft process. He’s got the size at 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, and the tackling ability to be an immediate contributor. Not to mention, Bucannon has fantastic potential, and playing across from Tyrann Mathieu will allow Bucannon to play in his natural role as an enforcer in the secondary.

Overall, although this wasn’t the expected pick, I believe this was a smart pick for the Cardinals. Bucannon isn’t a big name, and people will certainly view him as a worse prospect than Jimmie Ward, but the man has NFL-caliber talent. With Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, and now Deone Bucannon in their defensive backfield, the Cardinals could have one of the NFL’s best secondaries in a few years, and Bucannon could be a big reason why.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer at You can follow him on Twitter, @DraftScout_NFL, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google



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