Devin Bush

Michigan
LB
LB09

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
Pembroke Pines, FL
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
234 lbs
32”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

6.15
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.43
Seconds
 
Bench Press
21
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
40.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
124.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
6.93
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.23
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Bush is the son of the former Florida State and NFL defensive back with the same name. His father also got a chance to coach his son as a defensive analyst under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Bush was a four-star recruit and two-time All-Florida pick in his own right before signing with Harbaugh. He contributed as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a freshman (12 tackles) and then stepped into the starting lineup in 2017. He compiled 102 tackles, 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and an interception as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors while also being named a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. The team captain followed up that season by being named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and an Associated Press second-team All-American. He led the Wolverines with 80 stops, 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and six pass breakups in 12 games. Bush did not play in the team's bowl game so he could prepare for the draft.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Undersized three-down linebacker with the speed and cover talent to make an easy transition to WILL linebacker as a pro. There will be NFL defenses who pass on Bush due to his lack of size, but his ability to play fast and free as an outside linebacker should supersede those concerns. He will miss some tackles and get engulfed by blockers at other times, but his play strength and ability to run and cover are extremely valuable in today's game and should not be diminished due to a tape measurement.
Strengths
  • Compact lower body with a filled-out frame
  • Trusts his eyes
  • Rarely gets trapped due to false steps
  • Good patience with feel for run-blocking development
  • Body control and balance through contact are very good
  • Uncorks on climbers and iso-blocks with sharp, leveraged hand strikes
  • Proactive with hands to balance against wash-down blocks
  • Strong legs drive through upright blockers
  • Has GPS to maneuver around traffic in flows to the football
  • Sideline-to-sideline runner
  • Has speed to carry third-down backs into flats and up the sideline
  • Posted 11 passes defensed over last two seasons
  • Disguises launch point as blitzer
  • Slippery rusher who can knife through gaps and dip around edges
Weaknesses
  • Lands below size standards as inside linebacker
  • Average reaction time in early response
  • Slow to process and diagnose against misdirection
  • Big boys can swallow him on second level
  • Needs to mitigate size concerns with more downhill shots
  • Too many block challenges and not enough block slips
  • Will require better pursuit leverage and feel for angles
  • Runs himself out of tackle attempts by coming in too steep
  • Out of position when he starts guessing rather than responding
  • Misses out on tackles in space due to lack of length

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GRADE
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