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As a senior at Washington State, Bucannon was a first-team All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award after tying for 11th nationally with 78 solo tackles and adding career highs with six interceptions and three forced fumbles. Now he's expected to be one of the top safeties chosen in the draft. Bucannon, who measured out with an eye-opening 78-inch wingspan at the Senior Bowl, added an impressive performance at the scouting combine in February. He ranked second among safeties with a 125-inch broad jump, third with 19 reps in the bench press and tied for third in both the 40-yard dash (4.49) and vertical jump (36.5). With his imposing size, strength and wingspan, the highly competitive Bucannon is a throwback who plays physical and hits hard to create turnovers. Bucannon has shown a tendency to be overaggressive and miss tackles at times, and scouts also are concerned over his flexibility and agility to turn and run with NFL-caliber receivers. Despite his potential limitations in coverage, Bucannon appears to have what it takes to become a solid strong safety who can thrive as a downhill box defender. The conference's leading tackler as a senior, the first-team All-Pac-12 pick also projects to be a player who can contribute on special teams. Bucannon, who also played all four seasons on Washington State's golf team, has drawn comparisons to Craig Dahl of the San Francisco 49ers. He's expected to be chosen somewhere in the top three rounds.
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