Photo of Deon Bush
5.27 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 30 7/8" Arm Length
  • 199LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


The 'Canes haven't had a safety drafted since Brandon Meriweather and Kenny Phillips went in the first round in 2007 and 2008, respectively. That will change in 2016, with Bush offering range and intimidating hits in the back of the secondary. The Miami native and 2015 honorable mention All-ACC honoree could join the aforementioned "U" talents as NFL players because he can separate the ball from its previous owner (five forced fumbles in 2014), attack the line of scrimmage (103 tackles in 2014-2015, seven for losses), and make plays on the ball in deep coverage (four interceptions, 13 pass breakups in his career). NFL teams will also like his character. The American Football Coaches Association put him on their All-Good Works team this season, and he donated his per diem money from the Independence Bowl for Christmas gifts for homeless children.



Has good size for the position. Has no problem with the physical part of the game and won?t hesitate to come strike. Comes downhill under control looking to mirror the runner. Will gather feet under him, bend and uncoil with with force into tackle. Usually looks to wrap ­up as a tackler. Forced four fumbles in 2014. Expected to run well in his workouts. Good leaper. Can get up and disrupt at the high point. Able to turn and run from the hash. Appears comfortable and capable in zone coverage underneath. Has blitz capabilities from sub­packages as a pro. Determined special teams effort. Has ability to excel on all coverage teams.


Has some straight­-line speed and is an explosive leaper, but is lacking in dynamic athleticism. Struggles to change direction in space effecting coverage and tackling. Saw a sharp decline in his tackle success rate in 2015. Plays through a straw. From two-­deep, gets hyper­-focused on receivers to his side and doesn?t read development of play. Shows pre­-snap confusion at times on tape. Lack of instincts and feel for the position limit his range and playmaking ability outside his initial area. Struggles to flip hips and run and doesn?t close separation quickly enough. Late to respond to throws in his area.

Sources Tell Us

"Put some horrific tape together this year. His Florida State game was a disaster. I expect him to put some numbers up at the combine that get him drafted earlier than he should be. I think he's a mid-rounder with very good special teams value but will need to be a backup box safety-­type of player early in his career." ­-- AFC North scout

NFL Comparison

Mo Alexander

Bottom Line

Bush?s diagnostic skills are very much a work in progress and his 2015 tape will be enough to concern general managers and secondary coaches. Bush has the size and measurables that will appeal to traits-based defenses and his special teams ability could earn him a spot on the coverage teams right off the bat. However, his stiffness in space and issues with change of direction projects him as a special teams specialist with only box safety potential.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.