The Pittsburgh Steelers did what their fan base wanted during the 2019 NFL Draft — they were aggressive.
Rather than sitting back and waiting until their appointed 20th pick in the draft, they traded their 20th pick, their second round pick and a 2020 3rd round pick to move up to the 10th pick and get their guy. None other than one of the ‘Devins’. Michigan ILB Devin White.
When the stun of the draft trade wore off, Steelers fans have been wondering what kind of player the Steelers were able to draft. Does he fit the scheme the way the organization wants? Will he make an immediate impact?
According to ESPN’s Matt Bowen, Bush was one of 15 players selected who could be tabbed as a ‘perfect fit’ with their new NFL team.
See what Bowen had to say, but first let’s see what their ultimate objectives were with this exercise:
Throughout the NFL draft process, we focused on specific traits that translate to the pro game. Scheme fit and coaching, however, are vital parts of early development and production in the league.
Let’s focus on the rookies who landed in the offensive and defensive schemes that will allow NFL teams to maximize their ability, using stat projections from ESPN’s Mike Clay. Here are 15 first-year players who are set up to succeed early in their careers:
Okay, with that out of the way, time to get to what they had to say about Bush and what his projected stats are for 2019:
Devin Bush, ILB, Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 10)
Clay’s 2019 projections: 98 total tackles, two sacks and four pass breakups
Bush fills an immediate need for the Steelers in the middle of the defense, and his run-and-hit traits are a perfect fit for this defense. Bush should be viewed here as a three-down defender who can match in coverage underneath, close with speed in zone schemes and track the ball in the run game. He also has shown the ability to blitz.
I expect Bush to rack up tackles and use that 4.4 40-yard dash speed to eat up grass as a sideline-to-sideline player who makes impact plays.
At this point, what do you think of the prediction? Do you feel Bush is indeed a perfect fit for the Steelers, or do you think there will certainly be some growing pains in this development? Also, will he start in Week 1, or have to wait his turn behind Mark Barron?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below!