*Devin Bush- LB Michigan
5-11, 234, (O) 4.43, 
6.93 3-Cone, 4.22 SS,
10'4"Broad, 40.5" Vert, 
21 Reps, 32"Arms, 

Elite LB, but... Damn He's Small. 

By TOM

Bush is a guy who does not fit the desired measurement for a player of his position. He is a terrific LB. He looks awfully short for an NFL LB, but he makes plays. He can get to the QB fast. He is small, and can struggle when he takes a beating. Great speed sideline to sideline to get to the RB on Tosses to either side. Big competitor, who can let it get away from him (read: Michigan St). 

Nice job getting out to the sideline to knock the RB off his feet and out of bounds. But he has Day Three size. He has Day One athleticism and Day Two production. He has the speed instincts and change of direction to make the big plash plays. But he lacks consistency reading plays. He takes a lot of false steps. He did what looked like a 3-Cone drill in the box against ND on the 4th play of the game. 

He was very productive as Sophomore (102 Tackles and 9 PBU), but not so much this season. Though he had 9.5 Sacks and 5 INTs in 2017 and 2018, he garnered 80 tackles? Though Pro-reference.com said he had 66 tackles last season. ESPN said he had 67 tackles. So unless he had 13 or 14 tackles in the Peach Bowl? 80-tackles sounds like BS to me. 

He plays with great quick feet, and his feet are always moving like propeller under a motorboat. "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," Zerlien wrote. "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." He is so tough to block when he is on the move. 

He struggles against the Option and RPOs. "It took a lot of hard work, from the day I stepped inside this building to the day I signed that Letter of Intent to go here, and everything I’ve done here and so on," Bush said. "I’ve just always been the same guy, always approached things the same way. I’m just happy that God gave me the talent to do this and the talent to give me the mental toughness to go through things like this, and be able to put me in this position." He has built himself up and made himself a lot stronger. 

He does a good job turning himself into a human pinball, and bouncing and shoving off blockers. "I want to be undersized,” said Bush, who has embraced #undersized on social media. “I want to be that guy. I want to change it for the athletes behind me. The young athletes that’s growing up and not the prototypical, the biggest or the tallest or the strongest." Though he is short, he has a great frame to play football including powerful legs. 

At Michigan: Consensus All-American in 2018. Two-time Walter Camp All-American (first team, 2018; second team, 2017). Two-time Associated Press All-American (second team, 2018; third team, 2017). Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American (first team, 2018). Sporting News All-American (first team, 2018). Sports Illustrated All-American (first team, 2018). American Football Coaches Association All-American (first team, 2018). Two-time Butkus Award Finalist (2017-18). Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist (2018). Big Ten Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year (2018). Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year (2018). Two-time All-Big Ten honoree (first team, coaches, 2017-18; first team media, 2018; second team, media, 2017). Associated Press Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2018). All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press and The Athletic (first team, 2018)). Second team All-Big Ten honoree by the Associated Press (2017). Recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Roger Zatkoff Award, presented to Michigan's top linebacker. Recipient of the 2018 Team Defensive Player of the Year Award. Played in 39 career contests, including 32 at linebacker, with 25 starts. Three-time letterman (2016-17-18). Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2017-18). Voted a Team Captain by his teammates (2018)

He looks like a Safety to me. "What you see on tape is real," Devin Bush said. "That’s what you’re going to get 100 percent of the time, and it’s no fluke. I’m a tough player. I play hard, and my film speaks for itself." He plays hard all the time. 

He is always trying to move forward. Not so good moving backwards. He gets over aggressive trying to run down hill sometimes. When sees it and can run to the ball outside, there is no one better. He can struggle to run through trash and traffic sometimes. He was a great Mike at Michigan. That is likely where he'll play in the NFL. Better taking on blocks than you'd think. 

He should get better with experience, and learns to see it better. Wimbush destroyed him with the Option runs. Doesn't trust his drops in pass defense, and will skitter about too much. Needs to learn to play with better eye discipline. He has a knack for slipping and bouncing off blocks and the changing direction to the ball. Might be better off as a Will playing out in space. 

Nice agility and COD in coverage. "I can cover," Bush said. "I’m not worried about the size of a guy or how much taller or heavier he is. It’s a man’s game, and you’re going to show you have to beat me as a man." He can run with anyone down the Seam. 

Impressive explosion up the gut. Blockers take notice of him, and will leave their position to hit him. Tough little guy. He is an elite athlete, and great out in space. There is not a better space player in this Draft than Bush. They put him right on the Nose of the OC to blitz. He has some speed to power, but once the OL gets a grip it slows fast. 

He will get over aggressive in the run game, and move forward out of his zone drop. But he is such a great athlete that he can hop back fast. He always wants to move forward. Too aggressive trying to move forward. He is clear a Mike who is at his best moving forward, which is not always what teams need now. In 2018 in 12 games he garnered 66 Tackles, 8.5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 0 INT, 0 FR, 4 PBU. I'm not sure those are 1st Round stats for a 5-11 LB. A Mike has to have more than 66 Tackles. 

He doesn't impact the game like a 1st Round pick. Having a smaller LB is preferable now a days. But that's because they theoretically are better in coverage. You really want him to be a Safety in the Mike position. He is not great in coverage. But he has some nice pass defense stats, and he can snag the ball and knock it down when he sees it coming. But I don't think he has great instincts dropping. 

Junior (2018): Consensus All-American. Walter Camp All-American (first team). Associated Press All-American (second team). Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American (first team). Sporting News All-American (first team). Sports Illustrated All-American (first team). American Football Coaches Association All-American (first team). Butkus Award Finalist. Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist. Big Ten Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year. Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year. All-Big Ten honoree (first team coaches, media). All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press (first team). Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Recognized as a midseason All-American by the Associated Press. Named to Pro Football Focus College's Midseason All-Big Ten team. On three occasions, named Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against Nebraska, Maryland and at Rutgers. Along with the entire defense, secured a share of Defensive Player of the Week honors for their contributions towards the team performance against Michigan State. Delivered the Big Hit of the Week against Western Michigan and Nebraska and shared it with Josh Ross and Khaleke Hudson against Wisconsin. Named to Pro Football Focus College's All-Big Ten team after his performance against SMU. Named to Pro Football Focus College's National Team of the Week for his performance against SMU. Recipient of the Roger Zatkoff Award, presented to Michigan's top linebacker. Recipient of the Team Defensive Player of the Year Award. Started at linebacker and made seven stops with 1.5 sacks at Notre Dame (Sept. 1) in his first game as a team captain 

Devin Bush Vs ND:

He can line up in the 3-Gap and shoot it before the OG can get a hand on him (:01). He will take false steps sometimes (:05). Great burst to get the OC moving back, but he can't sustain it for very long because his his size (:17). Back at the traditional Mike where he belongs. He can run around sometimes like a chicken with his head cut off (:26). He has to learn to be a lot more disciplined in his drops. 

That was a much more disciplined pass drop (:35). He is small, but he can really shoot a gap and scare the QB (:42). He has to be more disciplined in the middle. He is the Mike not the Will. When he abandon's the middle, there is no one there to get the ball carrier (:49). He has to read the Option better than that. 

He has that knack for getting into the backfield through much bigger blockers (1:06). This is what he does better than anyone else in this Draft. When he sees it right, he gets outside at full speed and destroys the RB running with the ball, because he does stop or slow. He just hits through the RB (1:14). He will start slow sometimes. We'll say he started slow in this game (1:17). No one gets outside to hit the RB faster than him. The fact that this was a Mike makes it more of an NFL play now a days. The reason he will go in the first is because size matter less for LBs in the run and shoot NFL.

Lack of discipline let the QB get the 1st. If he had stay in his pass drop, he would have stopped Wimbush easily (1:31). He stayed discipline in his pass coverage (1:42). He faked the blitz, and then spied the QB (1:59). He needs better eyes. He followed the OLs and not the QB (2:07). He has to read the RPOs better (2:16). Don't get fooled again (2:23). He did (2:24). I love the outside speed, but I just don't see him as a 1st Round pick. 

Lost in traffic (2:32). Taken out by an OL (2:40). He filled the hole with some speed and passion, and almost ripped the ball out (2:46). He is a nice blitzer. He can put speed to power, pop off the OL, and redirect to the QB (2:52). Tried to jump the Snap. Then he got caught up in traffic (2:59).  (2:32). Trying to blitz up the gut again (3:10). He gets lost in trash sometimes. 

Please make a play, thank you. He ran around and leaped over a teammate's Sack. But at least he got to the ball (3:47). Terrible (4:02-4:09). He finally got outside, and got tripped up and let the RB cutback behind him (4:14). Great job shedding the blocker and making the tackle (4:23). Nice job stacking the blocker (4:30). Then he shed him and made the tackle. 

He went into the wrong hole after the wrong RB (4:57). He can sneak through a gap sometimes when he knocks the arms down and exploded through the Gap. He got to Wimbush. That was a great splash play (5:07). Nice drop. Nice discipline, but then doesn't make the play (5:16). When he sees it right, he gets to the ball carrier (5:25). Nice hustle to hunt the QB down from behind (5:32). Now you can say he just had a bad game. But 7 Tackles and a Sack was his most productive game of the year. That might have been his best game. 

Devin Bush Vs Fighting Irish 2018:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTJAmXM8q9s

Bush's Official Bio:

CAREER HIGHS:
• Tackles: 12 - Air Force, 2017
• Solos: 7 - Air Force, 2017
• Asst: 8 - (2x) last vs. Rutgers, 2017 
• TFLs: 2.5 - (2x) last vs. Nebraska, 2018
• Sacks: 1.5 - Florida, 2017
• Int: 1 - at Wisconsin, 2017
• FR: none
• PBUs: 2 - (3x) last at Rutgers, 2018

At Michigan:
• Consensus All-American in 2018
• Two-time Walter Camp All-American (first team, 2018; second team, 2017);
• Two-time Associated Press All-American (second team, 2018; third team, 2017)
• Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American (first team, 2018)
• Sporting News All-American (first team, 2018)
• Sports Illustrated All-American (first team, 2018)
• American Football Coaches Association All-American (first team, 2018)
• Two-time Butkus Award Finalist (2017-18)
• Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist (2018)
• Big Ten Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
• Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year (2018)
• Two-time All-Big Ten honoree (first team, coaches, 2017-18; first team media, 2018; second team, media, 2017)
• Associated Press Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2018)
• All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press and The Athletic (first team, 2018))
• Second team All-Big Ten honoree by the Associated Press (2017)
• Recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Roger Zatkoff Award, presented to Michigan's top linebacker
• Recipient of the 2018 Team Defensive Player of the Year Award 
• Played in 39 career contests, including 32 at linebacker, with 25 starts
• Three-time letterman (2016-17-18)
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2017-18)
• Voted a Team Captain by his teammates (2018)

Junior (2018):
• 2018 letterman
• Consensus All-American
• Walter Camp All-American (first team)
• Associated Press All-American (second team)
• Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) All-American (first team)
• Sporting News All-American (first team)
• Sports Illustrated All-American (first team)
• American Football Coaches Association All-American (first team)
• Butkus Award Finalist
• Bronko Nagurski Award Finalist
• Big Ten Woodson-Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year
• Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year
• All-Big Ten honoree (first team coaches, media)
• All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press (first team)
• Academic All-Big Ten honoree
• Recognized as a midseason All-American by the Associated Press
• Named to Pro Football Focus College's Midseason All-Big Ten team
• On three occasions, named Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against Nebraska, Maryland and at Rutgers
• Along with the entire defense, secured a share of Defensive Player of the Week honors for their contributions towards the team performance against Michigan State
• Delivered the Big Hit of the Week against Western Michigan and Nebraska and shared it with Josh Ross and Khaleke Hudson against Wisconsin
• Named to Pro Football Focus College's All-Big Ten team after his performance against SMU
• Named to Pro Football Focus College's National Team of the Week for his performance against SMU
• Recipient of the Roger Zatkoff Award, presented to Michigan's top linebacker
• Recipient of the Team Defensive Player of the Year Award 
• Started at linebacker and made seven stops with 1.5 sacks at Notre Dame (Sept. 1) in his first game as a team captain
• Started at linebacker and made nine stops against Western Michigan (Sept. 8)
• Made seven tackles including one for loss with one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup against SMU (Sept. 15)
• Led the team with nine stops against Nebraska (Sept. 22) including 2.5 for loss and 1.0 sack
• Held to one assisted tackle at Northwestern (Sept. 29) but also broke up one pass
• Tied for the team lead with seven tackles against Maryland (Oct. 6)
• Tied for team lead with five tackles against Wisconsin (Oct. 13), with a two-yard sack
• Totaled four tackles including 1.0 sack for an 11-yard loss at Michigan State (Oct. 20)
• Led the team with seven tackles (four solo) against Penn State (Nov. 3) 
• Broke up two passes and made five tackles with one for loss at Rutgers (Nov. 10)
• Tied a career-high and led the team with 12 tackles including 1.0 for loss, half a sack, one hurry and one pass breakup against Indiana (Nov. 17)
• Broke up one pass and finished with seven tackles including half a stop for a loss at Ohio State (Nov. 24)

Sophomore (2017):
• 2017 letterman
• Played in all 13 games with 13 starts at linebacker and was also a major special teams contributor, finishing with a total of 102 tackles, 9.5 TFLs and 5.0 sacks with 1 interception
• Made five or more tackles in every game
• Named a finalist for the Dick Butkus Award honoring the nation's top linebacker
• Recipient of the Roger Zatkoff Award, presented to Michigan's top linebacker
• Midseason addition to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List and to the Sporting News All-American team 
• All-Big Ten selection (first team, coaches; second team, media - 2017)
• Second team All-Big Ten honoree by the Associated Press (2017)
• Academic All-Big Ten honoree
• Pro Football Focus College All-Big Ten Defensive Team honoree
• Pro Football Focus College Big Ten Defensive Team of the Week honoree after the game against Purdue (Sept. 23) and Indiana (Oct. 14)
• Made his first collegiate start at linebacker against Florida at the Advocare Classic (Sept. 2) and contributed on special teams
• Set career-highs in tackles for loss and sacks to be named Defensive Player of the Game
• Registered seven tackles with five solo stops against Cincinnati (Sept. 9), adding one sack for eight yards and the first pass breakup of his career, also contributed on special teams
• Made a career-high 12 tackles with a career-high seven solo stops, including a 13-yard sack against Air Force (Sept. 16) and contributed on special teams 
• Recorded seven tackles, including four solo stops, 1.5 sacks and a career-high three pass breakups against Purdue (Sept. 23) 
• Recorded eight tackles against Michigan State (Oct. 7)
• Tallied nine tackles at Indiana (Oct. 14) with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry
• Credited with six stops at Penn State (Oct. 21)
• Led the team with 11 tackles against Rutgers (Oct. 28), including three solo stops, two tackles for loss and half a sack
• Racked up 10 tackles against Minnesota (Nov. 4), including half a tackle for loss
• Made five tackles, with one for loss, and broke up two passes at Maryland (Nov. 11)
• Made seven tackles and his first career interception at Wisconsin (Nov. 18), adding a half-tackle for loss
• Credited with five stops against Ohio State (Nov. 25)
• Registered eight tackles in the Outback Bowl against South Carolina (Jan. 1) 

Freshman (2016): 
• Played in all 13 games on special teams and saw action at linebacker in seven contest, earning his first varsity letter
• Made collegiate debut vs. Hawaii (Sept.3), playing linebacker and contributing on special teams units
• Made two stops against the Rainbow Warriors
• Made one solo tackle on special teams vs. UCF (Sept. 10)
• Assisted on two stops against Colorado (Sept. 17)
• Contributed on special teams against Penn State (Sept. 24) and Wisconsin (Oct. 1)
• Assisted on two tackles and a TFL at Rutgers (Oct. 8)
• Played linebacker and special teams against Illinois (Oct. 22)
• Registered a solo tackle at Michigan State (Oct. 29), also contributing on special teams
• Made three solo stops against Maryland (Nov. 5)
• Played on special teams units at Ohio State (Nov. 26)
• Assisted on a tackle vs. Florida State in the Orange Bowl (Dec. 30), seeing action at linebacker and on special teams.

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