Whenever an NFL draft pick is selected, especially one taken early in the draft process, fans and experts always speculate how this player might impact their respective team from Day 1. Patience isn’t a common thread among those who expect draft picks to start fast and produce early in their NFL careers.
Looking back at the 2019 NFL Draft, fans everywhere, but especially Pittsburgh Steelers fans, want to know if their top pick will become a big-time playmaker sooner than later. For the black-and-gold faithful, the thought of finally getting a suitable replacement for Ryan Shazier is enticing enough, but when the team took an aggressive stance, moving up 10 spots in the draft process, to take Devin Bush in Round 1 only intensified these thoughts.
With plenty of questions on these top picks for almost every NFL team, Dan Parr of NFL.com recently ranked the best spots for rookies to succeed, and he ranked them in the following categories:
Top contenders for Rookie of the Year (ROY) honors
Greatness within reach
Big opportunity, big payoff?
Don’t sleep on ‘em
For fans of the black-and-gold, you will be happy to know Devin Bush was listed as one of 5 rookies who are considered contenders for ROY honors. Check out the list below, as well as Parrr’s description of why Bush falls into this category:
Top contenders for ROY honors
1. Ed Oliver, Buffalo Bills
2. Devin Bush, Pittsburgh Steelers
“ I like everything about the Steelers’ bold move to trade up for Bush, who offers an intoxicating blend of speed and coverage ability. The 10th overall pick is an ideal fit and leader for this unit. He will post gaudy numbers as an inside ‘backer for Mike Tomlin.”
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These types of articles have been circulating regularly since the draft concluded in Nashville, TN, and Bush has found his name on many of these articles as one of the top picks in the entire draft, but fans should also remember to temper expectations for the young man just starting his professional career.
Sure, he has the pedigree, came from a big-time school and played in big-time games, but there is a learning curve for almost every player who laces up their cleats in the NFL. Going from college to the National Football League is no easy transition, and there will be growing pains, but if Bush lives up to even half of the hype he has received since walking across the stage and hugging Roger Goodell, the Steelers’ defense should be more complete than ever with Bush in the middle of the defense.