The Arizona Cardinals were able to address a major need with the selection of Washington State safety Deone Bucannon with the No. 27 overall pick in the draft.
Bucannon, a hard-hitting safety, is the first player from Washington State selected in the first round since Marcus Trufant was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003.
The Cardinals appear unlikely to have either of their two starting safeties from last season on the roster for Week 1. Yeremiah Bell is a free agent and hasn’t been re-signed and Tyrann Mathieu could start the season on the physically unable to perform list while he continues to work back ACL and LCL tears in his knee.
Rashad Johnson and Tony Jefferson are decent depth options but the Cardinals needed to find a more productive option in the back-end of their defense.
Bucannon is a thumper who can be a little erratic at times. However, he has tons of talent and could be the Cardinals version of Kam Chancellor in their secondary.