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
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.
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 21, 2014
— Clint@footballexpert (@ClintClearwater) January 21, 2014
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:
Thought Deone Bucannon displayed best press technique & jam in one on ones, which surprised considering he's a safety.
— Alex Brown (@OS_AlexBrown) January 21, 2014
Keep an eye on Washington State SS Deone Bucannon. Has size (6-1, 216), will close on the ball with some speed & he wants to compete.
— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) January 21, 2014
Deone Bucannon and Ahmad Dixon really standing out so far today.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 21, 2014
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.