Could Bush be the Broncos answer at inside linebacker?  

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"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Denver Broncos 2019 Draft2019 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan linebacker Devin BushNew Phillip Lindsay Jersey ,61commentsCould Bush be the Broncos answer at inside linebacker? 2019 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan linebacker Devin BushRick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsOne prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft is former Michigan linebacker, Devin Bush. He’s a 5’11”, 234lb linebacker who is considered one of the top off the ball linebackers in the entire draft. Bush is ranked as the second best linebacker in the 2019 NFL Draft according to The Draft Network, and is ranked as the 13th overall prospect in the entire draft. NFL Network’s draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah ranks Bush as his 14th overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. Bush played a total of three seasons at Michigan and was a consistent force for the Wolverines defense. During his three-year career at Michigan, Bush totaled 172 tackles, 18.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, 1 interception, and 11 pass deflections. This past season, Bush totaled 66 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and 4 pass deflections. Here are the accolades Devin Bush earned during his time at Michigan via mgoblue.com.Consensus All-American in 2018Two-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 Emmanuel Sanders Jersey , 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 linebackerRecipient of the 2018 Team Defensive Player of the Year Award Played in 39 career contests, including 32 at linebacker, with 25 startsThree-time letterman (2016-17-18)Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2017-18)Voted a Team Captain by his teammates (2018)Devin BushLinebacker | Junior | MichiganHeight: 5’11” | Weight: 234lbs | 40-time: 4.43 secondsArm length: 32” | Hands: 9 5/8”Bench Press: 21 reps | Vertical Jump: 40.5 inches | Broad Jump: 124.0 inches3-Cone Drill: 6.93 seconds | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.23 secondsFilm Room:Scouting Report:Strengths:Compact but well built frameStrong and balancedExcellent range and closing abilitySideline to sideline playerExplosive playerProductive blitzerViolent tackler who finishes his tacklesEffective in coverageSmooth player with quick feet and loose hipsHigh football intelligence who trust his eyesMotor never quits and plays with his hair on firePlug and play starter at ILBTeam captain in 2018Weaknesses:Shorter than you prefer but fits the new NFL mold at LBLack of height could be an issue in coverage at timesOveraggressive in pursuit at timesBlock shedding bigger lineman will always be an issueMay never be the best run defender Mockdraftable Spider Graph:Quotable:The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on Michigan linebacker, Devin Bush. “Devin Bush is a player who is set to benefit from this new era of play in the NFL. Bush’s mobility experience in numerous types of responsibilities against the run and upside as a 3rd down defender (blitz ability and potential in coverage) set him up for an impact role. Traditional reps thumping into interior gaps vs. OL takes Bush away from strengths, however. He should be utilized primarily in a gap penetration scheme with a strong DL.”Does linebacker Devin Bush make sense for the Broncos in the first-round of the 2019 NFL Draft?:I really like how Bush plays and he would fit exactly what the Broncos need.He has smooth hips an quick feet to effectively drop back in coverage. He has the speed and range to be a sideline to sideline player making tackles all over the field. He’s a new-age linebacker who will thrive in nickel/sub-packages He will need defensive lineman to eat up blocks and allow him to make plays in the backfield or blitz to be an effective run stopper. He’s not going to shed blocks very well and could be a liability in these situations. But these situations are becoming less and less prevalent so I am not sure how big of a deal it actually is. Now he is undersized, but he’s not much smaller than Devin White who is a fan favorite. These measurements go height, weight, arm length, hand length, and wing span and official measurements from the Scouting Combine.Devin Bush: 5-11”| 234lbs | 32 | 9 5/8” | 76 1/2Devin White: 6-0” | 237lbs | 32 1/8“ | 9 3/4” | 75 7/8So they’re one inch and three pounds different than each other. So if one prospect is considered “undersized” then the other is as well. I wouldn’t be upset if Bush is the guy at 10th overall, but I think that would be a tad early for a player like him with these limitations, but again, I wouldn’t be upset about it all. He would step in and be an effective sub-package player who has the potential to be an effective three-down linebacker who’ll be a tackling machine. Duke head coach David Cutcliffe breaks down QBs on 1st & 10 on Orange and Blue 760"When Duke head coach David Cutcliffe joined Ryan Edwards, Andrew Mason and Steve Atwater on 1st and 10 on Orange and Blue 760 the first question on everyone’s mind was about QB prospect Daniel Jones.Cutcliffe is most famous for being the coach that worked with both Peyton and Eli Manning when they were in college. Jone’s has become, “...a big, strong, fast man.” Perhaps the most telling statement about Jones that Cutcliffe gives is when he says, “he is one. He’s what you’re looking for.”Cutcliffe is a respected voice when it comes to quarterbacks. Peyton Manning worked with him throughout his career during the offseason. He knows arm talent, and sees Jones as a potential starter in the NFL. He certainly has his detractors, and Cutcliffe is surprised to see Jones not mentioned as a higher pick in all the mock drafts currently taking up space on my twitter feed.Listening to Cutcliffe, you can see why he is considered an expert on coaching quarterbacks. If the Broncos find themselves in a trade back scenario in the draft, he could be the target. Finding a QB to take over after the Joe Flacco era runs its course is hugely important. Whether Denver does that in this year’s draft or in a future draft remains to be seen.If it was in Cutcliffe’s hands, Jones would be high on John Elway’s list.

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