Deone Buchanon – SS
6’1” 211 Washington St.
Pick 27, Round 1 (27) Cardinals
Many thought Deone Buchanon would fall into the second or early third round, but his play-style is exactly what the Cardinals are looking for to compliment Tyrann Mathieu in the backfield. As a four-year starter Buchanon demonstrated a great nose for the ball and punished ball carriers when they got in his way. In Arizona, he’ll fill the void left by Yeremiah Bell and look to continue the Cardinals’ SS IDP productivity.
Redraft: It just comes down to how quickly Buchanon can get on the field. Tony Jefferson has the advantage as he’s spent time in the Cardinals’ system, but the Cards wouldn’t use a first round pick on Buchanon if they didn’t plan on using him. Low DB3 with upside for this season.
Dynasty: The Cardinals are really trying to build a young secondary in Peterson, Mathieu and Buchanon; if Buchanon can play well and stay healthy, he should be productive for a long time in Arizona. The Cardinals SS position has always been a lucrative spot for IDP production – solid DB2 down the road with DB1 upside.