According to a report from Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com (and recently confirmed by Rob Rang of CBS Sports), Washington State safety Deone Bucannon is scheduled to meet with the Eagles for a pre-draft visit. CBS projects Bucannon to be a second round pick. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock ranks him as the fourth best overall safety in the 2014 NFL Draft class.
The 21-year old Bucannon measures in at 6-1, 211 pounds. In his four years at Washington State, Bucannon compiled 384 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 15 interceptions, 23 passes defensed, 7 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is no stranger to Bucannon. Kelly's familiarity stems from the times his former Oregon Ducks squared off against Washington State. From 2010-2012, Kelly's quarterbacks threw a total of 23 interceptions. Deone Bucannon had 3 of those picks (13%). If last year was any indication, Kelly likes to acquire players who performed well against his team in college. It's also worth noting Bucannon was recruited by Kelly out of high school.
Bucannon is one of the many 2014 NFL Draft prospects that BGN has profiled so far. Here's what Mike Kaye had to say about the Washington State product:
He has very few weaknesses in his game and can defend in the pass and run. The Eagles will love his size and measurements (78-inch wingspan!!!!). He is pretty much everything that Nate Allen is not. He is a hard-hitter, a physical specimen and a play-maker.
Bucannon is a great consolation prize if the Eagles decide to pass on a safety in the first round. A second round safety will allow the Eagles to focus on wide receiver, pass rusher or whichever player they deem as the best available. With a mix of size and play-making ability, it is not hard to make the connection between Bucannon and the Eagles.
And to the spider graph we go: