Late this evening the Arizona Cardinals drafted Deone Bucannon out of Washington State with the 27th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. We've got a blog post up and a story coming shortly but follow the jump for some quotes and reaction to WSU's first first-rounder since 2003.
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians
He plays with a lot of passion and he’ll be a great fit in our locker room. He’s a humble kid who loves to play the game and wants to learn from the best. We’ll give him opportunities to knock the crap out of people in our division.
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim
“I don’t want to mention him in the same breath as Adrian Wilson, but there are some physical similarities and the same type of mentality.”
Seahawks general manager John Schneider
“He’s a great kid. He’s really, really tough, very aggressive, great range. I wish they would have taken a punter.”
(Did you suspect the Cardinals might pick you?)
I thought they were actually the most interested out of any team that I visited. We had great talks and I knew it would be a great fit. With Tyrann Mathieu, Cromartie and Patrick Peterson those are all guys that I can learn from and get a lot of great influence for my game.
(When do you head to Arizona?)
I imagine I'll be heading out pretty soon. I'm ready for anything, I just want to go in there and get my playbook as fast as possible and get in football mode.
(Did the Cardinals speak to how they intend to use you?)
Honestly I'm just going to go in there and I'm going to work. Whatever the coaches ask, whatever my role is and whatever they need me to do, that's what I'm going to do. Whether its within my game, being aggressive, being willing to stick my nose in the ball carrier, whatever they need me to do, special teams, it doesn’t matter. Whatever my role is to do, I'm going to do.
(Any thoughts as you look back on your career at WSU?)
I feel blessed an honored and thankful. I can't say 'fulfilled' because there is a lot of work to be done … The main goal is I want to earn the trust and respect of my teammates and my coaches.
(Have you heard from Arizona State's Chris Ball?)
He texted me not too long ago. That's my first, that was my recruiting coach. He's very close to me. He could have been out here with me but he had to do recruiting. He's out there in Arizona so I'm sure I'll be seeing a lot of him.
All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson
We got a big hitter!!!!!!— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) May 9, 2014
Pro Bowl cornerback Antonio Cromartie
Safety Tyrann Mathieu