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The practice report that wasn’t

From Pullman -- Due to a flight delay from an airline we shan't mention (but it rhymes with "smelt a") we unfortunately were not able to make it back to Pullman in time to catch WSU's practice. We can only hope that no major catastrophes befell the Cougars or assembled media.

So instead, let's look at a neat piece from CBS's Rob Rang -- one of the best draft analysts in the business -- on WSU senior safety Deone Bucannon. Rang is bullish on Bucannon, saying that he anticipates the lumber-laying safety to be the Cougars' highest NFL draft pick in over a decade. He evaluated Bucannon's play during WSU's 24-17 win against Arizona on Saturday. 

It isn't difficult to understand why talent evaluators have grown enamored with "Big Play" Bucannon. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior entered Saturday's game leading the Pac-12 with 85 tackles. Further, he's accounted for 10 turnovers (five interceptions, three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles) through nine games.

While the Wildcats certainly are not as gifted as Oregon or physical as Stanford, their versatile offense provided scouts a test from which to grade Bucannon.

The Wildcats boast one of the nation's elite running backs in junior Ka'Deem Carey. Bucannon is widely regarded as one of the better run-defending safeties in the country but he couldn't focus on stopping Arizona's All-American because Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez's quick-hitting passing attack was just as likely to carve up the Cougars' defense.

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