2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Michigan LB Devin Bush

HEIGHT: 5-11

WEIGHT: 234

COLLEGE: Michigan

CLASS: Junior

2018 STATS: 66 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 4 passes defended (12 games)

CAREER STATS: 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, 1 interception, 11 passes defended (32 games)

GAMES WATCHED (6): Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Michigan State (2018); Florida (2017)

40 BENCH VERT BROAD 3 CONE 20S 60S
4.43 21 40.5″ 124″ 6.93 4.23

MENTAL PROCESSING (16/20)

  • Solid instincts
  • Typically reads keys and diagnoses plays quickly
  • Can get over-aggressive and bite hard on zone-read fakes or misdirection runs
  • Displays good spatial awareness in zone coverage

SPEED/RANGE (20/20)

  • Elite speed
  • Phenomenal sideline-to-sideline range
  • Excellent pursuit defender — capable of chasing down runners from significant distances
  • Possesses change-of-direction fluidity of a defensive back

BLOCK-SHEDDING/EVASION (14/20)

  • Physical and powerful when taking on blockers
  • Good at filling and maintaining gaps
  • Has trouble getting off blocks when he doesn’t initiate contact first
  • At times he’ll get hung up on blocks because of hesitation with reads

TACKLING (12/15)

  • Reliable tackler — typically wraps up and drives legs through contact
  • Explosive hitter
  • Shorter arms limit tackle radius a bit
  • Takes challenging angles to downhill tackles on occasion

COVERAGE ABILITY (12/15)

  • Good zone coverage instincts
  • Reads the quarterback’s eyes to move himself into favorable positions
  • Anticipates route breaks fairly well
  • Capable of carrying tight ends up the seam in man coverage or running backs down the field on wheel routes

BLITZ (5/5)

  • Fantastic gap and edge blitzer
  • Can get skinny and squeeze through gaps
  • Speed and flexibility enable him to win around the edge with consistency

MOTOR (5/5)

  • Displays excellent effort from snap-to-whistle on every down

OVERALL GRADE: 84.00/100.00 — 1ST ROUND — Rookie starter; top-15 player at position/Pro Bowl potential

SCHEME FIT: 3-4 ILB or 4-3 WLB

DRAFT PROJECTION: Top-20 pick

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