The Atlanta Falcons front office has been quite busy this offseason, showing a very clear focus on improving on the defensive side of the ball. Now they’ve added former 2014 first round draft pick Deone Bucannon.
I was actually a fan of Bucannon coming out of Washington State as a safety. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals and definitely showed promise at the start of his career in the hybrid S/LB role. He’s yet another low risk signing by the Falcons that is looking to resurrect his career under a different environment. However, we do want to better understand what his signing means for this defense. Quite simply, I believe it means depth and experience at position(s) of need.
Bucannon represents what the Falcons are showing a heavy interest in for all of their players: versatility. At 6’1” and about 211 lbs, Bucannon is still relatively small for today’s standard LB, but he’s shown the ability to play in the box and be physical inside along with having solid coverage ability as a safety. Actually, Bucannon represents what Quinn likes in his LBs with his sideline to sideline speed, coverage ability and physicality.