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    Todd McShay Mock Draft 2.0: Steelers select an ILB to help complete their LB corps

    Todd McShay Mock Draft 2.0: Steelers select an ILB to help complete their LB corps

    Could the Steelers finally get a player who could help fill the gaping hole left by Ryan Shazier?

    By Jeff.Hartman@BnGBlitz
    Feb 7, 2019

    It might seem crazy, but the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner, which means the NFL Draft,is really starting to heat up! With college football All-Star games over, it is now time when experts start to release their mock drafts for the upcoming draft process.

    While mock drafts are nothing more than lofty projections for teams, the analysis of diagnosing team needs can be a valuable one.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have some glaring needs on their football team, and most reside on the defensive side of the football. Below is an early ranking of the Steelers’ top three needs which could, and probably should, be addressed in the upcoming draft:

    1. Cornerback
    2. Inside Linebacker
    3. EDGE Rusher

    While there certainly are other team needs, including running back, most would agree the team should have a very defensive oriented draft class while looking at their current roster. ESPN draft expert Todd McShay agrees when he selected an inside linebacker to the Steelers in his first mock draft of the year.

    Check out what McShay said about the selection:

    20. Pittsburgh Steelers

    Devin Bush, LB, Michigan*


    There’s a void in the Steelers’ linebacker corps without Ryan Shazier. Bush, an athletic every-down backer, has the instincts to play Shazier’s middle linebacker spot. With Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt also in the mix, this unit could be pretty dominant.

    If you are like me, and don’t follow college football closely, you aren’t familiar with many of these prospects. I utilize the mock draft process to learn more about prospects, and in this case Devin Bush.

    Here is a quick synopsis of Bush as a player, thanks to The Draft Network:

    BEST TRAIT – Gap Shoot Ability

    WORST TRAIT – Block Shedding

    BEST FILM – Notre Dame (201

    WORST FILM – Penn State (2017)

    RED FLAGS – Size

    Devin Bush is a player who is set to benefit from this new era of play in the NFL. Bush’s mobility experience in numerous types of responsibilities against the run and upside as a 3rd down defender (blitz ability and potential in coverage) set him up for an impact role. Traditional reps thumping into interior gaps vs. OL takes Bush away from strengths, however. He should be utilized primarily in a gap penetration scheme with a strong DL.

    https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.co...-bush-michigan

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    A undersized ILB that can't shed blocks. That's gonna work out well.

    If we go ILB, I'm hoping for Mack Wilson.
    Last edited by steelz09; 02-07-2019 at 10:34 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    A undersized ILB that can't shed blocks. That's gonna work out well.

    If we go ILB, I'm hoping for Mack Wilson.
    If we can't get White, I am tempted to skip our biggest need in the first round. Wilson and Bush might get pushed back in the 2nd round and there seems to be some good ILB in the projected in 2nd round...
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    Devin Bush seems like a reach to me. Just a third round guy with a lot of hype. The hype driving him to the first round.
    From the 2010-2018 season, Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the post season; not the regular season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel Maniac View Post
    Devin Bush seems like a reach to me. Just a third round guy with a lot of hype. The hype driving him to the first round.
    I agree with this. His size was a concern for me before reading that block shedding is a weakness. That sounds like his ability to overcome his size is not all that good. I'd pass on him in the first for sure.

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    Sports Illustrated:

    Block Shedding: He sheds blocks effectively

    Coverage Skills: can drop into coverage and stick with speedy slot receivers


    Draft Network:

    Block Shedding: WORST TRAIT

    Coverage Skills: Fairly raw. Turn and run coverage will be work in progress.


    Pro Football weekly:

    Block Shedding: He can take on and shed blocks quickly and get to the play.

    Coverage skills: Bush has the speed and athleticism to cover backs man to man and not lose them.


    Does he way 235 or 222? I’ve seen both listed? Also curious to see how tall he measures at the combine. Players always seem to get an inch or two in their stats. Wonder if he's really 5'10".

    In three years he had 0 forced fumbles and only 1 interception.

    Agree with Maniac - he’d be a reach in rd 1. He’s a second rounder if he has a good combine.

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    Well, he has zero fumbles forced; and only one interception.....sounds like a Steeler defender to me. LOL. Okay..bad joke. But I hope we pass on him. We can do better in the first round I think.
    From the 2010-2018 season, Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the post season; not the regular season.

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    Although landing a top notch LB or DB at #20 would be the best case scenario certainly, if the guys they love at these positions don't fall and they find themselves picking and choosing between borderline first round talents at these spots, they should not force it and go with a legit top-15 level talent at another position instead.

    For instance, if Oklahoma G/T Cody Ford falls to #20, he could easily be the BPA on the board and could be considered to be the heir apparent for either Ramon Foster at LG or Marcus Gilbert at RT. Offensive guard prospects tend to fall in the draft as teams like to go with intriguing weapons at sexier positions with early first round picks (which is why David DeCastro fell into our laps once upon a time), but perhaps that will change after seeing the impact that Quenton Nelson had on the Colts as a rookie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    Although landing a top notch LB or DB at #20 would be the best case scenario certainly, if the guys they love at these positions don't fall and they find themselves picking and choosing between borderline first round talents at these spots, they should not force it and go with a legit top-15 level talent at another position instead.

    For instance, if Oklahoma G/T Cody Ford falls to #20, he could easily be the BPA on the board and could be considered to be the heir apparent for either Ramon Foster at LG or Marcus Gilbert at RT. Offensive guard prospects tend to fall in the draft as teams like to go with intriguing weapons at sexier positions with early first round picks (which is why David DeCastro fell into our laps once upon a time), but perhaps that will change after seeing the impact that Quenton Nelson had on the Colts as a rookie.
    Now this is the Ruth I know and love!! Not the one looking to fight all the time.

    I totally agree with this; we don't need to reach. That's why I said in another thread that we may be stuck taking BPA regardless of position. I'd rather be able to hit by taking BPA in positions of need but like Ruth said above, we have to be able to pivot away from that if need be.

    *** If Colbert decided to trade up and be gutsy and go after White, would anyone be mad at him for doing that? And if he traded up, would White be the guy who you'd want?
    From the 2010-2018 season, Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks. Our history has been defined by what we do in the post season; not the regular season.

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    Jeremy Fowler
    ESPN Staff Writer

    The Steelers select Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush in ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay's latest mock draft. McShay calls Bush an "athletic, every down backer" who can help fill the void left by Ryan Shazier. Not much to complain about with this pick.

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