One of those local prospects is going to get a little bit of a closer look from the Lions. According to the Detroit Free Press, potential top-10 pick Devin Bush will have a “local visit” with Detroit later this month.
The Wolverines linebacker is arguably the best prospect at his position in this year’s draft class. In his final two years at Michigan, Bush totalled 161 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks, along with 11 passes defended and an interception.
He’s also one of the most athletic players in this year’s draft:
Welp. Before official splits were in, Devin White was .01 higher for #RAS than Devin Bush. After official splits, Bush is .01 ahead of White.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 15, 2019
PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO SEPARATE IN MY RANKINGS!!! pic.twitter.com/tVxszkWlCa
As Kent Lee Platte alludes to, Bush is neck-and-neck with LSU’s Devin White as the top linebacker prospect in this year’s draft. And for the Detroit Lions, an off-ball linebacker is an underrated need for the team. With Christian Jones playing at just an average level—and only signed through the 2019 season—the Lions should be in the market for an athletic linebacker that can cover the pass just as well as he can defend the run.
Bush could very well be that guy. In his three years at Michigan—two as a starter—Bush displayed his football instincts, his athletic prowess and his playmaking ability. Though he is a bit undersized, he was also very capable of laying boom in college—although his tackling form could use work.
Because Bush is a local product, this won’t count as one of the 30 official visits the Lions are allowed to use on draft prospects. However, as Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted, there will be no workout during this visit.