2014 NFL Draft: Ten Prospects the Packers Could Target on Day Two

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Deone Bucannon (20) returns an interception in the second quarter against the Colorado State Rams. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Deone Bucannon – Strong Safety, Washington State, 6-1, 215 (4.56)

Bucannon brings athleticism and physicality to the safety position. He’s an old-school safety that loves to hit and play up in the box against the run, but he can also make plays deep in coverage. His six interceptions in 2013 were among the nation’s leaders.

The WSU prospect is also tackling machine from the safety position. He went well over 100 tackles each of his last two seasons for the Cougars, and he showed a nose for jarring the ball loose with six career forced fumbles.

Bucannon’s ability to make impact plays on the field is exactly what the Packers defense needs from their safety position. They need a physical presence that can roam the field and impose his will on ball carriers.

The only drawback in Bucannon’s game seems to be his struggles in man coverage. This may be a bit concerning for teams, especially the way the NFL is going with more spread offense. Bucannon may struggle in space covering athletic tight ends or receivers in the slot. It’s this concern in his game that may cause him to fall to the second or third round.

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