Deone Bucannon preparing for NFL combine

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

In a few days, Deone Bucannon will put on some spandex and work out while thousands of people watch.

The 2014 NFL Draft is approaching and the for the first time in years, a WSU prospect is expected to be a high draft pick. Most draft pundits have Deone Bucannon coming off the board in the second round. He'll have an opportunity to cement that status, or improve it, next week at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The combine begins in Indianapolis on Saturday although Bucannon and the other defensive backs won't go through workouts until Tuesday. Physique and strength aren't a question when it comes to the former WSU safety. Instead, the key to his combine will be the 40-yard dash, the shuttle run and the defensive back speed turn drill. No one who's watched Bucannon play questions his ability to lay the wood. The biggest question around him is his coverage ability. Showing off solid foot speed with decent times in the speed and agility drills could help answer those questions. A really impressive showing might even put him in the first-round discussion, a place he said he'd like to be.

"I want to be drafted in the first round. Like anyone else, honestly," Bucannon said, via Kyle Bonagura and the ESPN Pac-12 blog. "It's a possibility for me. I feel like I'll be a great player and I'll make an immediate impact on a team and do whatever it takes."

A WSU players hasn't been selected in the first round since Marcus Trufant was drafted in 2003. In order to ensure a solid combine performance, Bucannon has been training in Florida. Bonagura has more on Bucannon's combine prep.

Football:

Washington State Cougars S Deone Bucannon ready to impress at combine - ESPN
Life is becoming a lot like Groundhog Day for Washington State safety Deone Bucannon. He gets up around 7 a.m., eats breakfast and makes his way to the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., for a day’s worth of workouts in preparation for the NFL scouting combine. First he hits the weights, and then it’s outside for speed and conditioning work followed by position drills and a break for lunch. Combine drills follow lunch, then more speed work and, finally, more technique drills.

Pac-12 football players find a second sport - ESPN

John Fullington, Washington State, track and field: Fullington started 43 consecutive games on the offensive line for the WSU football team. He will throw the shot put during the spring.

Men's basketball:

Bone dangling in exasperating season - Spokesman.com - Feb. 19, 2014
Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone has two years left on his contract but with the Cougars (9-16, 2-11 Pac-12) likely to miss the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season, a coaching change could be in the works.

Beavers prepare for healthy WSU - The Daily Barometer: Sports
"I don’t want to get ahead of myself so we’re just focusing on Washington State," said head coach Craig Robinson. "That’s a game I think we can win. We played well against them at their place and we play better when we’re at home, so it feels like we have a real good chance to win."

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