The Steelers have been looking to fill the void left with the injury to Ryan Shazier two years ago, and finally Thursday night they did that.
The team pulled off a stunner, moving up to the 10th pick to take the Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, inside linebacker Devin Bush from Michigan.
We got him. pic.twitter.com/ie9xl7WtV4
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 26, 2019
Here’s a scouting report on Bush:
Dynamic sideline-to-sideline speed
Superb pursuit defender
Works through trash
Tremendous closing speed
Can contribute in coverage on backs, tight ends and receivers
Covers a lot of ground in zone coverage
Can break down in space
Takes false steps in coverage
Not a standout in-the-box run defender
Can get pushed back defending runs coming downhill
Summary: With the NFL becoming a passing-driven league, pro teams need linebackers who are fast athletes and capable of contributing to pass coverage. Bush is that kind of linebacker, and he gave perfect proof with a stellar NFL Scouting Combine highlighted by a 4.43-second time in the 40-yard dash. Bush has a skill set that is coveted throughout the NFL.
Bush’s sophomore season was his best, and he totaled 101 tackles with five sacks, eight passes broken up and an interception. In 2018, Bush recorded 78 tackles with five sacks, nine tackles for a loss, six passes broken up and five sacks.
For the NFL, Bush is a seek-and-destroy linebacker. His best trait is world-class speed for a 5-foot-11, 234-pound linebacker. Bush can flat out fly while patrolling sideline to sideline and has the ability to cover a ton of ground. He displays easy speed to close on ball-carriers or receivers running into open territory. On top of his speed, Bush is an agile athlete who can break down in space and get backs to the ground. He is a steady open-field tackler and also will flash some violence, as he throws ball-carriers to the ground with authority. Bush also does a nice job of going for the strip when making a tackle.
As a run defender, Bush is at his best using speed to chase down ball-carriers. He has issues with holding his ground and taking on blocks, so he is not a skilled in-the-box run defender. That is one reason why his tackle total was depressed despite having played in a running conference. Offensive linemen are able to get a push on him and knock him back. Bush will sometimes try to run around blocks, but generally he is pretty good at holding his gap. Bush does very well defending perimeter runs and is quick to blast into the backfield when he sees a stretch play developing. He is aggressive and can be susceptible to overpursue. Bush also has average instincts that are moderately disappointing.