Very quick precursor; this is not necessarily a list of our top five projected Pac-12 players in this year’s NFL Draft, but rather our favorite players to get drafted in no particular order. They do all happen to be at or near the top of many draft boards, but again, not our thoughts on who are the best five (and early apologies to UCLA fans).
*Analysis by Bridgette Larsen, draft projections by Josh Davis.
Deone Bucannon, a safety from Washington State, is my favorite Pac-12 contender in the draft, not only because he’s a WSU Cougar, but also because he is one of the top safeties in the draft, according to all NFL projections. Bucannon was named first-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 for his performance in 2013. He has been projected everywhere from the second to the fourth round of the draft. Bucannon has a strong tackling ability, leading the Pac-12 in tackles as a four-year starter and three-time captain (NFL.com).
NFL Draft Projection: Eagles pass him up in round 1, but then move up early in round 2 to get him. Bucannon is going into Philly for a private workout, we think this weekend or early next week. If they feel they can still move back up to take him in round 2 they may look for a sexier first rounder. If not, he will be seriously considered at No. 22 overall.