What They're Saying: Card fans will love Coug

FROM ESPN TO the New York Times and beyond, the early reaction and analysis to Washington State All-America safety Deone Bucannon being selected in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals is pouring in.

"They filled a need and they filled it with a guy who is really a thumper. This is the hardest hitting safety in the draft... the fans in Arizona are going to fall in love with Deone Bucannon."
-Bill Polian, ESPN.

"Bucannon is often touted as an in-the-box safety due to a penchant for big hits. The safety, however, is a well-rounded player. He's a very good athlete at 6-1 and 211 pounds, and he snagged 15 career interceptions."
- Chris Korman, Maggie Hendricks; USA Today

"Bucannon is a hard hitter. Pair him with Tyrann Mathieu at the strong safety position, and the Cardinals could have a formidable backfield for years to come."
-Sports Network

"In terms of height/weight/speed combination players, you aren't going to get much better than Washington State's Deone Bucannon at the safety position. At 6-1, 211-pounds with sub-4.5 speed, Bucannon has both size and athleticism.

"In today's N.F.L., safeties are being asked to play more and more man-coverage, and Bucannon can certainly deliver in that area. He's arguably the top man-to-man player safety in this class. Don't count out Arizona using him at cornerback in certain packages."
-Jonathan Bales, NY Times

"Bucannon is a striker with speed (4.49) and explosive short-area athleticism (10-foot-5 broad jump)...The Cardinals needed an upgrade next to Tyrann Mathieu, and Bucannon will at the very least be the No. 3 safety as a rookie alongside Mathieu and Rashad Johnson."
-RotoWorld, NBC Sports

"Not really a poor pick here, but an early one. Bucannon almost certainly would have been around into Friday, so the Cardinals may wonder down the road if they could have addressed another need here -- like the offensive line -- and then circled back on Bucannon in Round 2...Grade: B."
-Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated

"The Cardinals went for immediate impact, rounding out their strong secondary (see Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Antonio Cromartie) with a big, hard-hitting safety. He should benefit from a strong front seven to deliver as a hammer behind it." Sporting News

"They had to get a safety to upgrade the back end. He's a good football player who will hit you. I like Jimmie Ward more, but that's nitpicking."
-Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

"The selection of the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Bucannon adds a needed component to a defense that was ranked sixth in the NFL last season but had difficulty defending the league's big tight ends."
-Bob Baum, Associated Press

"With Tyrann Mathieu recovering from a knee injury, and Yeremiah Bell unsigned, safety was the No. 1 need for the Cardinals. A big-hitter who is ideal as a special-teams player." -Seth Farmer, LA Times

Quick take: With the selection of Bucannon, the Cardinals starting secondary is now complete. Bucannon should prove to be the perfect complement to Tyrann Mathieu at the safety position. Bucannon is a physical presence that can play up near the line of scrimmage, while Mathieu is tremendous in coverage.
- Brent Sobleski and Steven Ruiz; USA Today

"This is not the first time the Cardinals have taken a player from Washington State. In the seventh round of the 1995 draft, they selected defensive tackle Chad Eaton and in 1997 they selected wide receiver Chad Carpenter in the fifth round."
Arizona Sports, 98.7 FM

WSU'S 15 HIGHEST NFL DRAFT PICKS OF ALL TIME:

No. 1 overall, QB Drew Bledsoe (Patriots), 1993
No. 2 overall, QB Ed Goddard (Brooklyn), 1937
No. 2 overall, QB Ryan Leaf (Chargers), 1998
No. 3 overall, QB Jack Thompson (Bengals), 1979
No. 9 overall, DB Clancy Williams (Rams), 1965
No. 11 overall, RB Marcus Trufant (Seahawks), 2003
No. 12 overall, WR Ed Barker (Rams), 1953
No. 13 overall, DE Keith Millard (Vikings), 1984
No. 13 overall, LB Mark Fields (Saints), 1995
No. 18 overall, DT Laurie Niemi (Washington, 2nd round), 1949
No. 19 overall, DB Ken Greene (Cardinals), 1978
No. 20 overall, RB Steve Broussard (Falcons), 1990
No. 22 overall, QB Bob Newman (49ers, 2nd round), 1958
No. 27 overall, DB Deone Bucannon (Cardinals), 2014
QB Timm Rosenbach was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft. And while that effectively makes him a first-round draft pick, because that's what it cost the Cardinals to take him, we technically couldn't determine the best way to include him here.

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