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Domata Peko Jersey , but how does Devin Bush stack up?"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos 2019 Draft ClassBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Denver Broncos FilmDenver Broncos 2019 DraftGIF Horse - Devin Bush vs Devin WhiteNew,36commentsDevin White is the consensus LB1, but how does Devin Bush stack up? GIF Horse - Devin Bush vs Devin WhiteCould Bush don the blue and orange?Brad Mills-USA TODAY SportsBy now it’s common knowledge that Vic Fangio cut his teeth coaching linebackers. It’s also no secret that some of the best linebacker corps in NFL history found their greatest success with him calling the shots. From there, it’s simple math for fans to surmise that the Broncos will need to add talent to the current group headlined by Todd Davis and Josey Jewell. Unfortunately, this may not be the best draft to chase after an impact ‘backer. In fact, The Draft Network only lists two players among the 50 best prospects.If the Broncos want someone to step in from day one, they may need to zero in on Devin White or Devin Bush immediately. But who’s the better option? InstinctsI’ve gone back and forth on this one so much I have to call it a push. Initially, I loved White’s ability to react to the ball, especially against play action. In short yardage situations he has a preternatural feel for making the stop, such as the Ole Miss game. I do think Bush has been criticized a bit too much here. Yes, there are times you catch Bush guessing where the ball is going, but he’s in the right place at the right time far more often than not. He isn’t on White’s level against ball fakes, but the right coach will be able to hone his radar at the next level.Physicality This goes to Bush and it isn’t particularly close. White isn’t soft by any means Menelik Watson Jersey , but Bush loves to hit and brings a level of violence to the position that sets a tone. Is it dirty to decleat a receiver away from the play if it isn’t flagged? Point of attackThis is also a clear win for the Michigan man. Bush looks far more comfortable attacking downhill and meeting blockers in the hole. Those that love him as the superior Devin will point to this as one reason why. He does the “linebacker things” really well.At the same time, there are times when he gets tangled up with blockers and doesn’t actively disengage. Because of this, he’s effectively blocked and left to chase down plays from behind. Some have this firmly down as an “undersized” problem you’ll get with Bush, but it’s probably something that will improve with coaching.There are times when White looks like he can sift through blockers like they’re little more than nuisances, but there’s also his Alabama and Georgia tape. In both games, the opposing teams ran right at him and found success. The Tide in particular really exposed him. At his best, Devin White looks unstoppable.TacklingThis also goes to Bush. White has improved in this area as 2018 went on, but Bush looks more natural wrapping up the ball-carrier. Multiple scouting reports suggest that Bush will struggle at times due to his length, but I personally believe that’s a bit overblown. White is all of 2 inches taller and his arms 1/8 of an inch longer.Bush saves the touchdown here. PursuitBoth Devin’s have the kind of athletic tools to suggest they will be sideline to sideline players in the NFL, but Devin White pops off the tape here. This is no slight at Bush, but one of the things that really excite about the Tiger is how darn twitchy he is.It’s pretty impressive when White gets on his horse to chase down plays. BlitzingThis is a strength of both players’ games, but Devin Bush is a special talent rushing the passer. He does a good job of disguising his intentions and finding a way to make himself felt when he’s coming. Michigan’s Defensive Coordinator Don Brown knew what he had and utilized Bush’s talents to full effect.Bush had top-five pass-rushing PFF grades among off-ball linebackers each of the past two seasons.I do think both will become weapons for the coordinators that inherit them, though. CoverageIt’s close Todd Davis Jersey , but White looks like the superior coverage player. He wasn’t challenged as often as Bush was, but his quick twitch athleticism really showed through on tape. Both players look more than capable of running with backs into the flats. They also have the athletic profile to suggest each has a ton of potential as coverage defenders.Meanwhile, the Michigan defensive scheme called on Bush to man up on receivers in space from time to time. He won some and lost some, but the fact that Michigan’s coordinator trusted him out wide says a lot. How they perform in this area as pros will have as much to do with the coaches they learn under as anything else. I suspect White will be a better coverage player from day 1, specifically against play action passes. They’ll both bite on the fake every now and then, but White is so quick to shift gears that it can go unnoticed. Bush may go through a bit of an adjustment in this regard, but he has the tools to become a dynamic coverage linebacker. He looks comfortable in all sorts of coverage assignments and has the kind of fluidity to find success in deep drops.Bush has experience roving the middle of the field, covering the flats, and manning up on receivers. Scheme fitBack when I first wrote about Devin White, I had this to say: That’s as true for Devin Bush as it is for White. The reality is the Broncos D would become awfully exciting with either. It’s a bit of a surprise that Denver did not speak with Bush at the Combine because he looks like such a clean projection of Fangio’s defense. In fact, the difference between the two most likely comes down to the mythical P-word: potential. We’re at that time of year where decision makers fall for guys who could potentially grow into whatever they dream of. That’s where White really benefits. He is so sudden that you can’t help but watch him and dream of the kind of 3 down stud all the best defenses in NFL history posses. Meanwhile, Bush is seen in some circles as the undersized guy because he’s an inch shorter and 3 pounds lighter than his counterpart. My hope is that Denver can overlook these physical qualities, because he’s every bit as exciting on tape and probably has the higher floor. This Bronco’s fan would be perfectly happy if either Devin dons the orange and blue for the next decade. New Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has been coaching in the NFL for over 20 years. In that time Brandon McManus Jersey , he’s seen the Scouting Combine into the behemoth its become today. An event once primarily reserved for doing medical checks and interviews with draft hopefuls has become a made-for-TV production with televised positional drills and baseline testing.While the Combine has evolved into the production it is today, Fangio said there isn’t much he would change about the structure of the event. However, he did admit to being open to the idea of moving the date of the Combine back even further than it is now.“I think it was good a couple years ago when they moved it back cause it gave players that were playing in bowl games a chance to get in somewhat of a shape,” Fangio said on with Mike Florio and Chris Simms. “Everybody says they don’t worry about speed and 40 times but the fact is they do. And the player does. If you’re a player that’s played in a bowl game after New Year’s (Day) or an All-Star game, you’re not training to run a 40. So that’s why a lot of guys didn’t run at the Combine.The Scouting Combine has been a late-February staple for the NFL. However, in recent years it has moved back a week to where the event wraps up in the early days of March instead.“Now they moved it back a few weeks, you’re seeing more guys run,” Fangio said. “I wouldn’t be against them moving it back even more to get more guys working out and to eliminate a lot of these college pro days that are going on at the schools.”The NFL can’t move the Combine back much further without significantly altering its offseason calendar. The start of the new league year and free agency always lands around the second week of March. This year, the new league year officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 13 with a two-day legal tampering period beforehand. Having the Combine and free agency overlap would be unnecessary and problematic.Additionally, it wouldn’t wipe out the need for pro day workouts at schools either. Only 338 prospects were invited to the Combine this year. Those aren’t the only players that will potentially be drafted in April. The draft-eligible pool extends far beyond the 338 players that are in Indianapolis this week and those players will need their pro day workouts in front of scouts as well.Outside of a possible moving of the date, Fangio says he wouldn’t change anything about the event.“I think they’ve morphed it into about as big as you can get. … I don’t think I would take away anything.” he said.

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