2019 #10 Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
NFL Draft Scout
OUTLOOK: It isn't often that the iconic maize and blue of Michigan is able to swoop down into SEC and ACC territory to steal talent out of the state of Florida but when they do, it often has glorious results - at least from an NFL scouting perspective. A four-star recruit, Bush signed with Jim Harbaugh's program amid great fanfare and after spending much of his freshman season getting up to speed on special teams (recording 11 total tackles), he exploded as a second-year sophomore, recording a career-high 95 tackles, including 10 for loss and 5.5 sacks and earning consensus All-Big Ten honors and being named a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. Injuries (and talent around him) contributed to Bush's numbers slipping in 2018 (66-8.5-4.5) but the same speed and physicality which captured the imagination of college fans and NFL scouts, alike, was still quite evident. Unfortunately for Bush and the Wolverines, his career did not end as hoped with the All-American getting knocked out of the showdown with Ohio State with a sore hip, an injury which kept him sidelined for Michigan's Peach Bowl loss to Florida. Bush announced prior to the game (December 19) that he would be forgoing his final years of eligibility and enter the 2019 draft. Bush is an excitable talent with the combination of speed and physicality every NFL team is looking for. His gambling style can lead to big plays for and against him, however, and teams will want to proceed cautiously given that he is undersized and already has dealt with shoulder injuries.