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.