Round 1, Pick 17: Devin Bush, LB
It seems as though everyone has the Cleveland Browns picking a defensive tackle with the No. 17 overall pick, and with good reason. They struggled mightily to stop the run in 2018 and a large part of that issue was the depth next to Larry Ogunjobi. However, there were other deficiencies on defense, including at linebacker.
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Cleveland entered the preseason completely stacked at that position with Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, Jamie Collins, Sr., and free agent pick up Mychal Kendricks all on the roster. The depth changed as the regular season approached since the Browns parted with Kendricks once it was discovered that he was indicted on insider trading charges.
After he was gone, their depth was tested with injuries to both Schobert and Kirksey during the season. Even when both were healthy, the Browns had problems in the linebacker corps — especially in terms of covering opposing tight ends.
Week after week tight ends found open spaces in the middle of the field and adding a linebacker with playmaking ability could help alleviate some of that. With that in mind, the Browns select Michigan’s Devin Bush, one of the best prospects at his position in the class.
Bush proved to be a savvy defender for the Wolverines, despite being undersized at 5-foot-11. He showcased sideline-to-sideline speed as well as the kind of instincts that always had him around the ball. In three seasons, Bush had 172 tackles and 10 sacks — with the majority of that damage coming over the past two years.