Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon (20) returns an interception in the second quarter against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Visit With Deone Bucannon A Second Time


Could the Bears be showing their hand? They met with safety Deone Bucannon on Monday.

The Bears are looking into solidifying the safety position. Even with the signings of Ryan Mundy and MD Jennings, there is still a need for a solid, longtime starter.

The visit with Bucannon was the second one between the two since January.

With all the speculation going on about what the Bears are going to do, this might be a sign of a part of their plan. Of course, any potential trade would change everything.

The earliest Bucannon is projected to go is in the second round, so it may appear that the Bears would go after a defensive tackle (Donald!) with their first pick, then go after a safety in the second round.

The NFL is a copycat league. With the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, other teams will try to build the same kind of defense that got them over the top.

Bucannon went to Washington State. He would give the Bears a Seattle-type safety. He is similar to Kam Chancellor. He is big (6’1″, 211 pounds), and he is a big hitter. For those who remember, Bucannon can bring back memories of Doug Plank and Gary Fencik.

Bucannon also has some good ball skills. He led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2013 with 102. He also forced three fumbles, and had six interceptions (15 for his career).

Bucannon does backpedal a little too high, and his hips are tight, so change of direction may be a problem for him. He would need to work on that or he could get burned by a double move or a runner who cuts against the grain.

If the Bears do not go after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Bucannon would be a high value pick for them. He would fit in well in Chicago and could be the longterm safety the Bears have been looking for.

 

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  • Erik Lambert

    Hey Carlos, just so you know it’s Ryan Mundy, not Eric. Love the article and love Deone Bucannon. He would make a great addition to this team, especially from a toughness standpoint. Really reminds me of Kam Chancellor.

    • Carlos

      Thanks for catching that…

      • Erik Lambert

        No problem.

  • Big Swede

    Phil Emery usually doesn’t “show his hand”. While Deone Bucannon might be a nice addition to the Bears, he’s probably being exposed so that the GM can pull some other unforeseen pick instead. Predicting exactly what Phil Emery is going to do is pretty much impossible.

    • Johnathan Wood

      He usually only hides his hand for round 1. Does his homework in great detail on the later rounds.

  • Johnathan Wood

    Donald + Bucannon the first 2 rounds would be amazing. I’d prefer Jimmy Ward to Bucannon, but doubt he’s there in round 2.

    • Johnny Hatelak

      I think Ward will fall to early second but no way to 51st. I actually like Bucannon better. Think Ward’s more a nickle back who might actually be a starting CB more than a FS. He has the coverage skills for such a conversion I feel.

  • Kevin Hill

    trade up past the Giants and get Donald, you can`t throw if you have no time to.

    • Carlos

      Donald could still be available at 14. Giants have needs at DT and OL. I think protecting Eli would be their #1 priority. If Emery pulls a trade, it would probably be to go down, not up…

      • Big Swede

        Phil Emery seems to be prepared for any scenario. There is certainly a plan in place if Aaron Donald is off the board before #14. Of course, you can’t count on a trade partner at this point, so I’m sure he has another name in mind if it falls that way. Bottom line is, plenty of studs will be on the board at #14… It just a matter getting the one who will continue to be a stud in the pro game.

  • Kevin Hill

    Allen,ratliff, Donald, Houston WOW

  • Johnny Hatelak

    Yeah I actually mocked him to the Bears in the second. Love this kid. He has ball skills too. not just a hitter. He has many passes defended 15 career picks, and he causes fumbles. Turnovers are valuable and an area that Emery said they’ll emphasize when drafting players. I seriously think he may end up being the best safety in this class when all is said and done. He’ll sometimes put his head down and lunge at guys causing whiffs, and he isn’t the most fluid athlete, but the pro’s far override the cons.