Pittsburgh Steelers surrendered several small picks to move ten spots up to select a middle linebacker 10th overall in this year’s NFL draft. They picked Devin Bush Jr. from the University of Michigan.
Pittsburgh drafted Bush to replace a Pro Bowler whose career came to an abrupt end on December, 17 moves before in Cincinnati. Shazier got a spinal injury during a game against Bengals.
Similarities between Shazier and Bush
Their greatest asset is speed, though they both depend on instincts and physicality to get the job done.
Both are from football-crazy Florida, where they play the game with a ferocity that translates to victory.
In 2018 in All American season, Bush made 80 tackles, five sacks, and six pass breakups. According to Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, Bush is cat-quick and can move up and down the line and guard the wide receivers and the running backs. To Cameron, Bush got a perfect set of skill.
In 2018, Bush was named captain by Coach Jim Harbaugh, Shazier was also a captain while in college.
Learning how to lead
Bush Jr.’s leadership quality originates from his father. Delvin told Yahoo sport that before he went to Michigan, his father told him not to step on anyone toe. His father was a senior defensive analyst at Michigan. Delvin believes he has to earn the respect of his coach and teammates before moving on with his agenda.
There Is Still Much To Do
Butler, the man who will decide how much Bush will play, believes that the rookie has good instincts and is a willing communicator.
He believes that Devin still needs to get used to schemes used to accomplish offenses. Shazier’s knowledge of the game and the experience as a linebacker will help Devin master the game.
It appears like Bush is heeding to Shaziers’ advice. He is improving his game and making good choices.