CouGreat Deone Bucannon one busy guy

WASHINGTON STATE All-America safety Deone Bucannon has been a busy guy. He worked out with both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions last week and reportedly had earlier auditions with the Eagles and Ravens. Where he will be drafted come May 8 remains something of a moving target, but it seems pretty clear he's destined for the second or third rounds. projects Deone Bucannon will go in the third round (No. 82 overall) of next month's NFL has him going near the top of the third around, at No. 68 overall, to Atlanta. But ESPN NFL Insider Matt Williamson said Monday that he didn't see any way Bucannon would fall out of the second round.

Williamson's colleague, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper, agrees with the others. In Kiper's latest draft projections he sees Bucannon going to Kansas City in the third round. "Bucannon was a combine wonder, ranking as a top performer in all but one category for defensive backs," Kiper writes this week. "He's considered to be an aggressive, physical safety with coverage limitations. His strengths would be a inside-the-box defender who wreaks havoc as a hard hitter."

Bucannon himself takes issue with being pigeon-holed as an "inside-the-box defender."

"Those are probably a lot of people who haven't watched me," Bucannon told during a pre-draft visit last Wednesday. "They see my frame (6-1, 211) and think automatically, 'lets throw him in the box.' That's why I'm real thankful for guys like (Seattle safety) Kam Chancellor (6-3, 232), who shows bigger safeties can cover. That's really opening other people's eyes. When coaches ask me what I am, I feel I can play both … . I feel like (Chancellor and Sean Taylor) are the people I look up to and the people that have allowed me to play in this league."

A little more than a week ago, former Ravens defensive back Fabian Washington, who tutored Bucannon over the winter in Florida, told the Baltimore Sun that Bucannon's work ethic was impressive.

"He always wanted to work. I'm like, 'Dude, it's time to go,' and he would say, 'Help me out with one more drill.' That stuck out. He's one of those guys who never wants to leave the field. I could see him working out for the Ravens. He fits their mold as a guy who wants to work and is a hard-nosed football player," Washington told the Sun's Aaron Wilson.

"He's like a human crash dummy," Washington added. "All he wants to do is tackle. When he first got there, he was really, really stiff. We have worked a lot on his hip flexibility. He knows that's what he really needs to work on. The biggest thing is his work ethic. He wants to learn. He's not afraid to ask questions. He shuts his mouth and listens."

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