Dec 21, 2013; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Washington State Cougars safety Deone Bucannon during the second half against the Colorado State Rams during the Gildan New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cougars 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It’s not all linebackers linebackers linebackers for the Vikings this week as they host their top 30 prospects event at Winter Park. The team will also take a look at at least one notable defensive back.
Per Aaron Wilson, the Vikings on Thursday will bring in Washington State safety Deone Bucannon.
The 6-1, 211 pound Bucannon earned All-American honors as a member of the Huskies. Known for a hard-hitting style, Bucannon also posted solid measurables at the combine, running the 40 in 4.49 and posting 19 reps in the bench press.
Bucannon’s combination of speed and physicality has caught the eye of multiple teams. The safety is scheduled to visit with the Eagles, Jets and Giants in the near future. He’s already visited the Colts and Patriots.
The Vikings currently have only one written-in-stone starter at the safety position, Harrison Smith. Jamarca Sanford and newly-signed safety Kurt Coleman are the favorites to get the majority of playing time opposite Smith.
Andrew Sendejo figures as more of a special teams player and backup at this point.
I would still expect the Vikings to target linebacker in the first round, but Bucannon could be an option in the second if they decide to go heavily on defense.