Pro Career: The Cardinals first round selection (27th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bucannon started nine of 16 games played as a rookie, while also seeing action in the team’s Wild Card matchup.
2014: Appeared in all 16 games and made nine starts as part of nickel and dime defenses … finished third on the team with 75 tackles and also had two sacks, four tackles for loss, two passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery … added five special teams tackles, one QB pressure and one QB hit …. started in his NFL debut and had four unassisted tackles, including one for loss, and one special teams tackle vs. SD (9/8) … recovered Josh Huff’s fumble at the 2-yard line in the second quarter for his first career fumble recovery vs. Phi (10/26); had a career-high eight tackles, a QB pressure and one pass defensed, breaking up a pass intended for Zach Ertz in the end zone on the second-to-last play of the game to help the Cardinals secure a 24-20 victory … had four tackles, including a stop of DeMarco Murray for no gain on 4th-n-1 in the fourth quarter @ Dal (11/2); also had one pass defensed and one special teams tackle … registered his first career sack vs. StL (11/9), taking down Austin Davis to force a punt in the second quarter; totaled five tackles … led the team with seven tackles and added one special teams tackle vs. Det (11/16) … notched his second career sack @ Sea (11/23), bringing down Russell Wilson on 3rd-n-goal in the second quarter to force a FG; totaled six tackles, including one for loss, and a QB hit … forced a Travis Kelce fumble at the Arizona 16-yard line with less than six minutes remaining and the Cardinals leading 17-14 vs. KC (12/7); marked first career forced fumble; also had three solo tackles … collected six tackles and one pass defensed in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15)
College: Started 43 of 49 games at Washington State, ranking fifth in the nation while leading all defenders in the Pac-12 with 384 total tackles, which ranked fourth in school history … 384 tackles are also the most ever by a Cougar DB, and his 268 solo tackles were the most among players in the NCAA Football Bowl Division … ranks third in school history with 15 career INTs, which also tied the most for any active major college player … added a sack, 13.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass defensed and a blocked punt, in addition to causing seven fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his time with the Cougars … as a senior in 2013, earned first-team All-American honors and was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back after recording a team-high 114 tackles (78 solo), six INTs, 4.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior … marked third time in his career (freshman, junior) that he led the team in tackles … 114 total tackles ranked second in the league and his 78 solo stops led the Pac-12 and placed 11th nationally … his six INTs led the conference and ranked ninth nationally … an All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 Conference first-team choice by The NFL Draft Report as a junior in ‘12, he led the team with 106 tackles (65 solo), his first career sack, four INTs, a career-high eight passes defensed, a forced fumble and six special teams tackles … his 106 tackles were the most by a Cougar since (former Cardinals) LB James Darling posted 106 stops in 1996, as he averaged 8.8 tackles per game … produced at least 10 tackles in seven of his 11 starting assignments … started 11 of 12 games played as a sophomore in ‘11, finishing second on the team with 80 tackles (58 solo), while adding three INTs, two tackles for loss, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble … also blocked a punt on special teams … All-Pac-10 Conference Freshman team choice after starting eight of 12 games at strong safety in ‘10, including his final seven contests … led all of the league’s freshmen (15th overall) with a team-high 84 tackles (67 solo), including four tackles for loss, while adding two INTs, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Personal: First name pronounced ‘DAY-own’ … attended Vanden (Fairfield, CA) High School, where he lettered in football as a junior and senior … as a senior, started at both strong safety and wide receiver and for the second consecutive year earned Southern California Alateen Conference (SCAC) Defensive Player of the Year accolades in addition to being selected to the All-Solano County League and All-City first teams … helped the Vikings reach the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs, as they finished the 2009 season with a 10-2 record … totaled 107 tackles, two INTs, eight passes defensed, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles on defense and he tallied 20 receptions for 264 yards on offense … played his first full season of football as a junior in ’08 … lettered four times for the Vanden High golf team … General Studies major.