By: Steve Johnson
Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
32″ arms. 9 5/8″ hands.
4.43 40 40 1/2″ Vert. 124″ Broad Jump. 21 Bench Reps.
6.93 3 Cone Drill 4.23 20 yard Shuttle
2016: 7 games. 11 tackles,
2017: 13 games. 95 tackles, 10 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 int, 7 pass break ups
2018: 12 games. 66 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 4 pass break ups
Accolades: 2017 First-team All-Big Ten, 2017 Second-Team All-American, 2018 First-team All-Big Ten, 2018 Consensus All-American, 2018 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year
History: Four-star recruit from Hollywood, FL. Son, of former Florida St. and NFL Safety Devin Bush, who won Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams. Played for his dad at Charles W. Flanagan High School, where they were 2015 Class 8A State Champions. He did not play in his teams bowl game, to prepare for the Draft.
Strengths: Fast. Loose hips, can turn and run with backs and tight ends. Has great feet, excellent change of direction skills. Instinctive in zone coverage. Has some decent bend and pass rush ability. Excellent initial burst. Can lay the wood. Open field tackling ability is really good. Excellent man coverage vs backs in the flat, made multiple great timing plays in the flat vs Notre Dame. One of the combine winners, athleticism showed up. Team Captain and excellent leader. NFL Bloodlines
Weaknesses: Undersized. Noticeable lack of length. Can get eaten up by blocks. Does not have the length to stack and shed. Not a “thumper” linebacker. Despite good eyes, has fallen for play action at times.
Overview: Bush is undersized three down linebacker that provides good coverge and can shoot the gaps. Good eyes in zone and great feet for man, the lone thing Bush lacks is elite length. He could line up at any of the three positions, but he could really be the leader of your defense as a MIKE. His athleticism is legit and you gotta love how he plays. I’m a believer.
Draft Projection: Late First Round Pick
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.20
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