Broncos Pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The boys at BSN Denver finally released their first mock of the offseason as they patiently waited for the NFL Scouting Combine and the initial wave of free agency to pass on by before sorting things out.
Now that the dust has settled, BSN’s draft guru Andre Simone has the Broncos snapping up one of the best inside linebackers in the draft in Michigan’s Devin Bush.
Devin White, the consensus top ILB, could very well end up being a top-five pick, but Bush is not far behind, with the duo establishing at the NFL Scouting Combine that they are easily the top two in the 2019 class.
At 5-11, Bush is considered an undersized linebacker but makes up for it in athleticism and speed.
He can cover running backs and tight ends because he plays fast, and is good at reading the play as it develops. He’s also good at getting to the quarterback on blitzes as demonstrated by his 10 sacks in two years as a starter for the Wolverines.
How does Bush fit with the Broncos?
Everyone that has been paying attention to the Broncos this offseason knows that new head coach Vic Fangio knows how to use his linebackers and sees them as an important cog in his defensive schemes.
With that in mind, Bush becomes an ideal pick to be Fangio’s defensive QB as a three-down LB. Bush fills a big need for the Broncos as they have let former starter Brandon Marshall go to FA and have consistently struggled to cover RBs out of the backfield and TEs.
Bush is seen as a sideline-to-sideline guy meaning he has the speed and ability to go where the ball is going and get there quickly. His size can be a concern if going up against big linemen but if he can use his hands and leverage to slip around those blocks he can be disruptive against the run.
His speed also helps him keep up with running backs and tight ends and allows him to defend passes well.
Who was still available?
This mock definitely went the unconventional route but it may not be that far from reality when all is said and done.
BSN has three quarterbacks coming off the board early. Kyler Murray to Arizona, Dwayne Haskins to Oakland, and Drew Lock to the New York Giants, so the Broncos have no choice but to go in a different direction at 10.
Because of the unconventional nature of the top nine picks, top linemen like Andre Dillard, Jawaan Taylor, and Jonah Williams, and defensive prospects Montez Sweat and Ed Oliver are still there at 10, as are the three of the top cornerbacks in Deandre Baker, Greedy Williams, and Byron Murphy.
If he doesn’t go in the top 10, Bush most likely doesn’t make it out of 15 so this pick could end up being a steal for the Broncos and fill a need.