- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand9 ⅝
Strong Points: Very productive. Top instincts and gets to the ball very quickly. Bush is small but plays big with great competitiveness. Good strength and hand use to consistently get off blocks. Active -- always on the move and flying to the ball. Downhill player. Gets proper depth with his drop and has very good receiver awareness in coverage. Plants and drives on the ball. Good hands. Excellent tackling ability -- will blow ball carriers up. Ran much faster than expected at the combine.
Weak Points: Short (might not even be 5-foot-11). Though Bush is quick, I don't think he will time that well. Plays like a 4.7 40 guy. Nagging injuries in 2018 led to a drop in production. Injured his hip vs. Ohio State, exiting early and missing Michigan's bowl game.
The Way We See It: Bush is a great college football player with a top competitive nature. He lacks ideal size and speed, but Bush wills himself to be a top player. He has outstanding instincts and makes plays all over the field, with strength, explosiveness and advanced hand usage. He does a good job keeping blockers off his body and/or eluding blocks. Bush is very reliable in coverage, playing with awareness and ball skills. He is effective when deployed as a blitzer. He isn't a perfect fit for any NFL scheme, but he will play. Bush can be a "Will" in a 4-3 or play either ILB spot in a 3-4. Coaches want winners like him on their team. Bush is an overachiever, but a damn good one.
Hub Arkush: Bush is the "Energizer Bunny" of this Draft. He looks too short and not quite thick enough to overcome it to excel at the next level, but he has outstanding instincts, relishes contact and big hits, is relentless in pursuit and extremely capable dropping into coverage. In spite of being a two-time Florida All Stater in high school and a four star recruit he was ignored by the big Florida and SEC programs because of his size. But he contributed immediately on special teams and as a reserve linebacker as a freshman and moved into the starting lineup and became the leader of Michigan's top ranked defense as a sophomore. Few players in the game played sideline to sideline the way Bush did at Michigan and his stock has bee rising steadily as the Draft gets closer.
Best Fit: Bengals, Raiders, Washington, Steelers, Chargers
Red Flags: Height, durability, speed, poor angles, gambles a lot.
NFL Comp: Mike Singletary, Bobby Wagner