Who We're Watching: Defensive backs

Can Deone Bucannon and Nevin Lawson improve their draft stock during the draft process? AP Photos

Out of the eight defensive backs I recently broke down on tape two stood out: Washington State safety Deone Bucannon and Utah State corner Nevin Lawson.

At 6-foot-1 and 216 pounds, Bucannon led the Cougars in tackles each of the past two seasons and excels at defending the run. He has the upper body strength and arm length to play in the box in addition to the closing burst to get downhill when he lines up deep. The occasional missed tackle in space and bad angle show up, but they aren't repetitively glaring issues.

Bucannon isn't a one-dimensional run stopper either. He ran a 4.49 40 at the combine, and it's an accurate reflection of the speed you see on tape. He has the range to play a center fielder-type role over the top and he can run with most slot receivers, let alone tight ends.