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NFL Draft results 2014: Deone Bucannon joins Cardinals at No. 27

After toiling on a bad Washington State team, Deone Bucannon is stepping into the spotlight.

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With the No. 27 overall pick, the Arizona Cardinals have selected Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon. Despite playing for a losing program, Bucannon shined on defense and showcased his elite athletic ability.

Bucannon is known as being one of the faster, rangier safeties coming into the NFL. At 6'1 and 211 pounds, Bucannon is also big enough to come up in run support and lay the wood to a ball carrier. Everybody in the Pac-12 is quite aware of Bucannon's prowess, as he was named a first-team All-American and first-team Pac-12 selection last season.

Throughout his four years at Pullman, Bucannon played in every game, displaying his durability despite being a hard hitter. The star safety started in all 13 games for the Cougars last season on his way to being named a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.

Bucannon came in at No. 52 among prospects ranked on SB Nation's top 200 big board and was rated as the fifth-best safety.

Combine results

40-yard dash: 4.49 seconds

Bench: 19 reps

Vertical jump: 36.5 inches

Broad jump: 125 inches

3-cone drill: 6.96 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.26 seconds