Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad wide receiver Mike Davis of Texas (1) is tackled by North squad safety Deone Bucannon of Washington State (20) during the first half of a game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos didn’t win the Super Bowl. In fact, they got brushed aside easily by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, putting the focus immediately back on what they are missing and losing rather than what they did this season. At least the fans are looking at it that way. Getting romped in the Super Bowl isn’t exactly the taste of berries and cream left in your mouth.
Yesterday, the two FanSided sites for Denver said that the Broncos need to go out and get Deone Bucannon out of Washington State. There was a pretty big difference in where they think he may be available though and it could be a very interesting call if the Broncos do indeed want him to see just which way they are willing to swing.
First, Predominantly Orange contested that Safety is a top 3 need but the only way to secure Bucannon’s services would be to reach a little bit into the late 1st round, grabbing him at No. 31 overall:
"Bucannon has a great frame at 6’1″ 216 pounds with a 78-inch wingspan. Those are impressive measurables for a safety and Bucannon’s physical presence would be most welcome in Denver’s backfield. The Broncos have the 31st pick in the draft, and have shown in the last two drafts for John Elway that he’s not afraid to reach a bit for guys that he likes and guys that fit the mold of what the Broncos want to do defensively.2014 NFL Draft: Broncos Should Target S Deone Bucannon"
Meanwhile, Mile High Maniac ran more with the projections of CBS Sports, who have Bucannon tabbed in the mid-60’s (late 2nd, early 3rd). They think they can get the deal of Ryan Shazier out of Ohio State in the first at 31 and then basically snatch Bucannon at fair value at 63.
While that’s actually a fairly accurate guess by the big draft pundit-site projections, but Bucannon continues to go higher in nearly every mock draft I see. “With the First Pick” rings Bucannon up at No. 34 (2nd pick, 2nd round) to the Washington Redskins. As we’ve laid out before, “NFL Mocks” has put him at 51 for both Chicago and after a trade, San Francisco, as well as up to 42 to the Tennessee Titans.
Basically all that means is that Bucannon is thought of as a need for more than a couple defensive backfields and pretty much everybody thinks he will be gone by the end of the 2nd round. What’s that equate to? You’d better snatch him up while he’s available!
So going back to the premise of this article, if Denver really wants Deone, they might actually need to reach up and get him with their first pick at No. 31. They could play the big board and hope that he falls, but as Seattle just demonstrated on them, having two strong-armed safeties patrolling your backfield is necessary if you’re going to win a Super Bowl. If they don’t snag him in the first round, a team like San Francisco just may take him off of the board before the Broncos ever get another shot, unless they’re willing to move up to get him when they hear he’s about to come off.
Deone Bucannon’s stock is rising.