Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon during the second half against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cougars 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Scouts Meeting with Washington State S Deone Bucannon


The San Diego Chargers have had a hole at the strong safety position ever since Rodney Harrison was dropped off of the roster. Eric Weddle has been a Pro Bowl level safety at the free safety position, but he has had multiple people starting along side of him at the strong safety position. Marcus Gilchrist started out the year as the starting safety and then Jahleel Addae ended the season as the starter at the strong safety spot.

During Senior Bowl practices, a Chargers scout was digging up some extra info on Washington State SS Deone Bucannon. Bucannon is one of the top strong safeties available in the draft and is projected to be taken in the 2nd round by CBS Sports.

He measured in at 6-foot-1 and 216 pounds at the Senior Bowl with a 78 inch wing span. Bucannon is a physical safety and looks to make the big time hit. He likely would challenge for the starting job next to Eric Weddle if he were taken by the Chargers.

There have been a lot of favorable reports on Bucannon from practice so far:

If he keeps standing out on the field and does a good job in the combine, then he could sneak his way up some draft boards.

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  • Derek

    Bad news for gilcrist, not good for Taylor either. But prob just doing homework for if he takes a slide.

  • Brett M

    Keep an eye on Stanley Jean-Baptiste. I think he could help our secondary a lot

    • Derek

      But we need a starter he is not pro ready. I like him with another db in fa or higher in draft

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      ha.. .just put up a post on him also.

  • Gunnar Martin

    My guess is that he rises out of our range. Probably ends up late first-early second. It’s still notable that they’re looking at safeties though. Not a good sign for Addae or Taylor.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      unless we take him in the first. that would throw us off a little

      • Gunnar Martin

        Haha yeah. I’d rather us not do that. But hey, if that fixes our strong safety position for the next ten years then I’m all for it! lol

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        They better not be BS’ing us, Ernie!!!! I would LOVE if they took him in the first!!! If they keep putting this position on the back-burner every single year, and letting BARELY average players start at SS, we will never get strong at this position, and Eric Weddle’s talent will be vastly underused. Look at how much better Seattle’s backfield is compared to everybody else in the league. You could say that their pass rushers are far better, and that having Richard Sherman back there is the reason. Personally, I think it’s because they have two STUD safeties. You are always going to need a pass rusher, cornerback, running back, wide receiver in this league. But, constantly neglecting a position of need for an entire decade, and drafting an OLB every other year will not get you the results you desire. It hasn’t worked in how long? Ingram is great & all.. but, we still have the worst pass rush in the league, and we have gone that direction numerous times recently.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    This is the best draft news I have seen so far! I really hope TT is serious about filling this position. It has been a travesty for years.

  • vct

    Maybe the chargers are faking the interview so other teams would draft him, and let the “best available” we want drop to #25?

    • Gunnar Martin

      There’s still LOTS of time between the draft and now. This really won’t affect it that much unless there are some follow up interviews that happen in the future. Our scouts are going to talk with tons of guys that we won’t pick. It’s just part of the process.

  • gpack

    Buchanon looks good but if I had a toss between him and Calvin Pryor, i’d take Pryor. Kids a stud. I would love to get Pryor and Jean-Baptiste in the same draft, maybe with Morgan Breslin in there too.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Clinton-Dix or Bucannon?

      • gpack

        i would probably take bucannon over clinton dix because we wouldnt have to use a 1st on bucannon also

  • tbell11

    I feel like if he’s somehow there in the 2nd round when the Chargers pick he’ll be the pick.

  • shane

    you guys are reading way too much into this…chillax

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      reading too much into it? just a scout meeting with a player… nothing more. nothing less.

  • seth_walker

    Living in WA, I watched him a lot. (My loyalty lies within WSU) He will be missed at Wazzu, but will be a solid pro. I think he fits SD’s system really well. He isnt flashy, but he gets the job done. He is a ball-hawk, can TACKLE, and is a very smart player. I think he is instantly talked about being a starter. Next to Weddle he can be a stud. If he is projected in the 2nd round and didn’t go to a big time school like Oregon, or a SEC school that also has to say something about him. He is a play maker.
    DRAFT this kid!!

  • Rob Base

    Can Telesco lift the SS curse? I have hope!

  • Daryl Peek

    DIZZAM! That highlight reel had me pumped!! He was on beast mode against Auburn! He seems to be a ball hawk also.

  • ioane

    Highly doubt we sniff him in the draft. I think a pass rusher is a bigger priority.

  • Dylan

    Not gonna lie, I’m a Seahawks fan, and we don’t really need any help at Safety. But if we did need to replace one of our safeties, I just don’t think you’ll find a better guy that this. With the right defensive coordinator, Deone Bucannon will be Kam Chancellor version 2.0.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      nice. that is a solid comment!

  • The Interrogator

    Wow—–wouldn’t it be great if he went to the Chargers OR the fantastic BRONCOS?!!! Go Deone!!