Deone Bucannon was pegged by most as a Day 2 prospect in the NFL Draft, but he didn't have to wait until Friday after all and was instead selected with the No. 27 pick in the first round by Arizona on Thursday. The NFL Draft is the biggest non-event, event in professional sports, so as you can imagine there was a lot of reaction.
Here is a bit of the reaction, starting with video of the pick being announced, which you can watch at NFL.com. And now for some more videos, tweets and other links.
Congrats @deonebucannon20!!! You're a great player and I feel fortunate to have been able to work with you.
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) May 9, 2014
2014 NFL Draft results: Arizona Cardinals land S Deone Bucannon with 27th pick - Revenge of the Birds
The Arizona Cardinals, after trading back seven spots to acquire an extra third rounder, now have made their player selection. They have drafted Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.
2014 NFL Draft results: Arizona Cardinals players react to Deone Bucannon selection - Revenge of the Birds
The Cards are excited to have another soild defensive back.
WSU's Deone Bucannon selected by Arizona with 27th pick - Spokesman.com - May 8, 2014
In the emotional moment when Deone Bucannon’s life changed he had to take the most public phone call of his life.
Cardinals scout talks 1st-round draft pick Deone Bucannon
Cardinals Western Regional Scout Malik Boyd talks about first-round pick Deone Bucannon.
Cardinals draft Washington State safety Deone Bucannon | Seahawks Blog | Seattle Times
The Cardinals drafted Washington State safety Deone Bucannon with the 27th pick in the first round. Bucannon is a heavy hitter who also had a knack for forcing turnovers. He should help solidify an Arizona defense that was one of the league's toughest up front but needed some help in the secondary.
The knee injury that Tyrann Mathieu suffered late last season put a rather clear onus on the Arizona Cardinals to pick a safety at the 2014 NFL draft. They did so with pick No. 27 overall, after trading back from the 20th spot, taking Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.
My take: The Arizona Cardinals addressed an immediate need on defense by drafting a safety. With his height and length, Bucannon can help defend tight ends and tall receivers, which gave the Cardinals’ defense fits last season.
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.
The Cardinals could have gone with a quarterback with the 27th overall pick on Thursday, but instead of drafting Carson Palmer's eventual replacement, Arizona decided to bolster its secondary by taking Deone Bucannon.
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim entered the draft this week intent on leaving it with more than just six players. He didn't necessarily plan to start the process on the first day.
Azcentral sports staff commentary on Cardinals, NFL draft
There was an audible reaction at the Cardinals draft party at University of Phoenix Stadium when the Dallas Cowboys passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel, and the volume really went up as the Cardinals came up on the clock for the 20th pick in the first round.
Deone Bucannon drafted by Arizona Cardinals with hefty comparison - ESPN
Steve Keim hesitated for a second. Deone Bucannon had been an Arizona Cardinals draft pick for barely 15 minutes when general manager Keim tried to avoid the comparison, but it was hard to talk around it.
It had been 11 years since a Washington State football player was selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
Washington State safety Deone Bucannon was selected in the first round of the 2014 National Football League Draft as the No. 27 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals Thursday.
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