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Deone Ariel Bucannon (pronounced DAY-own) (born August 30, 1992) is an American football linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He played college football at Washington State. Originally drafted as a safety, Bucannon transitioned to play a hybrid safety-inside linebacker role in the Cardinals's 3-4 defense.

Deone Bucannon
No. 23 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Born: (1992-08-30) August 30, 1992 (age 26)
Oakland, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Fairfield (CA) Vanden
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:406
Forced fumbles:7
Fumble recoveries:7
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Bucannon attended Vanden High School in Fairfield, California. As a senior, he recorded 107 tackles, including four sacks, and had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He also caught 20 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown on offense, and led Vanden to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. He garnered his second-straight SCAC Defensive Player of the Year honor, in addition to all-league and all-city honors. In his junior year, he totaled 140 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries, winning his first Solano County Athletic Conference Player of the Year award and being named All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and City Defensive Player of the Year.

Considered a three-star recruit by, he was rated as the 45th best safety prospect of his class.[1]

College careerEdit

Bucannon attended Washington State University from 2010 to 2013.[2][3] As a senior in 2013, he was a First team All-Pac-12 and first-team All-American selection.[4][5][6] He finished his career with 384 tackles and 15 interceptions.

Professional careerEdit

Bucannon was considered one of the top safety prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.[7][8]

External video
  Deone Buccanon's NFL Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
32 38 in
(0.82 m)
9 34 in
(0.25 m)
4.49 s 1.54 s 2.60 s 4.26 s 6.96 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[9]
External video
  Cardinals select Buccanon 27th overall

Arizona CardinalsEdit


Bucannon was selected by the Arizona Cardinals as the 27th pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

On June 5, 2014, Bucannon signed a four-year, $7.7 million contract with a $3.92 million signing bonus and $6.23 million guaranteed. The contract also includes a fifth-year option.[10]

Bucannon began his first season starting as the strong safety. On September 8, 2014, he earned his first career start in the season opener against the San Diego Chargers and finished his first game with five tackles. During a Week 5 loss to the Denver Broncos, he finished with a season-high seven solo tackles. In a 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on October 26, he recorded a season-high eight total tackles and a pass deflection. On November 9, 2014, Bucannon, racked up five total tackles (four solo) and his first career sack in a 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams. After finishing the season 11-5, the Cardinals played the Carolina Panthers in a Wild-card game on January 3, 2015. In his first playoff game, he recorded six total tackles (five solo) and a pass deflection.

During his rookie season, he finished with 83 total tackles, 66 solo tackles, two sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumbles in nine starts and 16 games. Throughout his first season, he split starts with veteran Tony Jefferson.


With so many talented safeties on the Cardinals' roster, Bucannon was supposed to be used as a rotational or back-up strong safety for the 2015 NFL season. After inside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was injured during training camp, head coach Bruce Arians asked Bucannon to make the switch to inside linebacker. Although undersized for a linebacker, Bucannon proved effective. He is currently listed as the "$LB" or Money linebacker on the Cardinal's depth chart.[11] On October 11, 2015, Bucannon recorded a season-high 11 tackles (nine solo) in a 42-17 victory over the Detroit Lions. Throughout the first six games, he led his team in tackles.

On November 27, 2015, after a hit on Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A. J. Green the previous game, Bucannon was fined $23,152 for a hit on a defenseless receiver.

In a Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks, he earned his first sack of the season while also recording seven total tackles in a 39-32 victory. On December 20, 2015, Bucannon intercepted Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford and returned it for a 39-yard touchdown, marking the first touchdown in his career. He also finished the game with 11 tackles and a pass deflection in the Cardinal's 40-17 victory over Philadelphia.[12] In 16 starts of 2015, Bucannon recorded 112 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, three passes defended, and an interception returned for a touchdown.


Bucannon started 13 games in 2016, recording 91 tackles and four passes defensed before being placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2016 with an ankle injury.[13]


On April 26, 2017, the Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on Bucannon's contract.[14] On May 16, it was revealed that Bucannon underwent ankle surgery.[15]


In 2018, Bucannon played in 13 games with six starts, recording a career-low 38 tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On March 13, 2019, Bucannon signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one year $2.5 million contract.[16]


  1. ^ Deone Bucannon - Yahoo Sports
  2. ^ Deone Bucannon finishing WSU career in style
  3. ^ "WSU safety Deone Bucannon at best when teeth rattle". Archived from the original on January 10, 2014. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  4. ^ UW’s Bishop Sankey, WSU’s Deone Bucannon make All-Pac-12 first team
  5. ^ "Deone Bucannon Named First-Team All-Pac-12". Archived from the original on December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  6. ^
  7. ^ NFL Draft Scout
  8. ^ 2014 NFL Draft: Washington State's Bucannon passes test vs. Arizona
  9. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Deone Buccanon". Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  10. ^ "Arizona Cardinals/Deone Bucannon contract". Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  11. ^ "Bucannon at last listed as linebacker". Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  12. ^ "NFL Player Profile:Deone Bucannon". Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  13. ^ Urban, Darren (December 13, 2016). "Cardinals Switch Punters, Sign Scooby Wright". Archived from the original on December 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Urban, Darren (April 26, 2017). "Cardinals Pick Up Option On Deone Bucannon". Archived from the original on October 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Deone Bucannon underwent ankle surgery". NFL. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (March 13, 2019). "Bucs Land Deone Bucannon as Free Agency Begins".

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