Round 1, Pick 17: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
In 2018, the Browns boasted a strong linebacking corps of Joe Schobert, Christian Kirksey, and Jamie Collins. Unfortunately, Schobert and Kirksey both dealt with injuries during the season which limited the effectiveness of the defense overall. Even with this trio, they were in need of another linebacker and that need became more pressing when they released Collins and his overpriced contract.
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That move made sense from a financial point, but there is clearly less talent on the defense as Collins takes his team-leading 104 tackles as well as his four sacks. In an effort to replace him, the Browns land a playmaking linebacker from Michigan in Devin Bush.
The former Wolverine star came into the Combine and performed well. He ran a blistering 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and had 21 bench presses as well. Bush also did well for himself weighing in at 234-pounds, which is more than expected as he was considered on the smaller side during his days at Michigan.
As for his playing style, Bush is exactly what Cleveland needs as he’s able to play in coverage which is something they were sorely lacking in the middle of their defense. During his time at Michigan, he was all over the field and recorded 161 tackles, 10 sacks and an interception over the past two seasons.