TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Crediting his upbringing in a military family for his passion for the game, Deone (DAY-ohn) Bucannon was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals' first-round draft pick in a thoughtful, insightful news conference.
A big-hitting strong safety, whose thumping exploits are widely available in online videos, Bucannon was selected 27th overall on Thursday after the Cardinals traded down from the No. 20 spot, getting New Orleans' first-round pick and a third-round selection.
He is the highest drafted player from Washington State since Seattle took cornerback Marcus Trufant at No. 11 in 2003.
At his Friday news conference, Bucannon acknowledged pre-draft reports that he had trouble in pass coverage and responded that nothing he said would change those opinions. But, he said, he feels he ''can do everything across the board'' at his position.
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