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With the 17th overall pick in the 2019 Bleeding Green Nation community mock draft, New York Giants GM KevinDont selects ...

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Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

With the 17th pick of the draft, Giants select Devin Bush. My co-GM, ablesser88, made the pivotal decision to select QB Dwayne Haskins with the 6th overall pick and honestly I’m glad he did. Instead of feeling the pressure to draft a QB, now I’m left with dealer’s choice to select a player at any position and it is likely be an upgrade to what they currently have. Ideally, I would have loved to select an EDGE or “Hog Molly” with this pick, but with 11 of 16 picks going to the trenches or EDGE I had to rethink it.

There were 3 athletes in play for me at this pick.

  • Greedy Williams, CB
  • Christian Wilkins, DL
  • Devin Bush, LB

I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of those 3 because they instantly upgrade those positions for the Giants, but out of those 3, I felt Bush was the best player for Bettcher’s 3-4 defense. He’s someone most likely to have a positive instant impact throughout the whole defense. Let’s take a look at why I think he’s the right player for the Giants in the 2019 BGN Community Mock Draft.

Measurables and Athletic Testing

Age – 20

Height – 5’ 11”

Weight – 234 lbs

Arm Length – 32”

40 Yard – 4.43 sec

Bench Press – 21

Vertical – 40.5”

Broad Jump – 124”

3 Cone Drill – 6.93 sec

20 Yd Shuttle – 4.23 sec

Career Stats

Source: ESPN

The Player

Devin Bush is what you’re looking for when talking about modern LB’s. As you can see from his athletic testing, he would fit right in the league as a WILL LB. With fluid hips and great sideline to sideline speed, he’s someone you can use in a variety of ways. When defending the pass he’s best suited playing zone coverages and the flats, but doesn’t mean he can’t play man coverage when called upon. If there’s a knock on him for coverage, it’s that he can be what is considered “grabby” down the field. Bush only has 1 INT, but was still credited with 11 pass deflections. When playing the run, he has a good feel for where the gap in trenches are opening up and meets the ball carrier at the hole with speed and power. Bush’s blitzing ability was put on display during his time at Michigan and rewarded them with 10 sacks. Actively using his hands and shoulder dips to beat TE’s and RB’s. The downside is that since he is undersized for a LB, it’s harder for him to shed off blocks by lineman and will occasionally get swallowed up by them. There will be times where he won’t be able to completely wrap up the tackle or gets beat by a taller TE, but that comes with the territory when it comes to LB’s in general. After seeing him run a 4.43 s 40yd, a 6.93s 3 cone, and jump 40.5 in., I will gladly take that risk with an athletic and instinctive player like Bush.

Here’s how Former Eagles Scout and NFL Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah described him.

Bush is a little undersized for the position (5-11, 234 pounds), but he makes up for it with instincts, twitch and production. He’s excellent as a zone dropper against the pass -- quick to key routes and get a jump on the ball. In man coverage, he has the speed to run with tight ends and running backs, but he gets a little too grabby down the field. He is an excellent blitzer, using a dip/rip move to defeat running backs. Bush really excels in the run game. He is quick to identify, fill and chest up runners. He is also capable of shocking and shedding guards when they work up to the second level. He has a high batting average as a tackler and provides some huge hits. Overall, Bush is a three-down linebacker, and he’ll provide the team that drafts him with a physical presence.”

Bettcher gets his “Moneybacker”

Bettcher’s defense is an aggressive one that features a lot of unique blitz packages and could look to employ Bush in a similar fashion to the way he used Deone Buchanon when he was the Cardinals DC from 2015-2017. In his 3 seasons as DC, he dialed up blitzes at a heavy rate.

2015: 47% (1st)

2016: 41% (T-1st)

2017: 37% (T-5th)

Source: Twitter PFF_Smith

I can’t find the blitz % Bettcher had in 2018 with the Giants, but I’m sure he wants to replicate the success he’s had with the Cards. As Eagles fan know well due to the Chip era, it’s not the smoothest transition going from a 4-3 base to a 3-4. You basically have a lot of players not fitting into the new scheme and the Giant’s 2018 season is proof of that. Here’s a good article by Nick Turchyn at Cover1 breaking down some on his blitzing concepts while he was with Arizona. I mainly want to highlight this analysis from the article.

One of the most important parts of Bettcher’s blitz packages was LB/SS/Money backer Deone Bucannon. A strip sack of his was highlighted above, but perhaps the real weapon for the Cardinals in recent years was his flexibility in pass coverage, unlocking many different types of schemes.“

Bush will look take on the responsibility of covering TE’s and RB’s from Alec Ogletree to allow him to be used more effectively as the MIKE LB. In a division where the Cowboys and Redskins main offensive focus will revolve around the run game and the Eagles with the dynamic duo of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert at TE, Bush will be a much appreciated chess piece for the Giants to counteract their NFC East rivals. Lining him up in a defense that features former Michigan teammate Jabrill Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, and Alec Ogletree should allow Bettcher to get more creative with his blitz personnel. They’ll still need an EDGE rusher, another CB behind Janoris, an O-line and a bunch of other things...but they’ll have a chance to address that with their other 10 draft picks.

Miscellaneous

The first Eagles game I ever went to was actually against the Giants so wanted to share/relive this football moment from the game with everyone.

Poll

Do you approve of this pick?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Yes
    (173 votes)
  • 26%
    No
    (62 votes)
235 votes total Vote Now

2019 BGN Mock Draft Order

1) Cardinals (Philliesandthebees): Kyler Murray

2) 49ers (SakPrescott): Nick Bosa

3) Jets (thealien2696): Quinnen Williams

4) Raiders (SisyphusNoMore): Josh Allen

5) Buccaneers (EAGLESBSU): Montez Sweat

6) Giants (ablesser88): Dwayne Haskins

7) Jaguars (20Safety_Hazards): Jawaan Taylor

8) Lions (89Tremaine): Ed Oliver

9) Bills (drc242): Jonah Williams

10) Broncos (ItownBallers22): Devin White

11) Bengals (Phoenix X Maximus): Cody Ford

12) Packers (Palaniappan K M): Brian Burns

13) Dolphins (wildcatlh): Andre Dillard

14) Falcons (Happy24): Rashan Gary

15) Washington (roberticus01): D.K. Metcalf

16) Panthers (JALupowitz): Clelin Ferrell

17) Giants (KevinDont): Devin Bush

18) Vikings (Eagles701):

19) Titans (Big Schmoopie):

20) Steelers (J. Wil):

21) Seahawks (NickfoleonDynamite):

22) Ravens (GMinTraining):

23) Texans (EaglesRock94)

24) Raiders (SummersInVA):

25) Eagles (I Need a Username):

26) Colts (Nolo0oo):

27) Raiders (SLC Eagle):

28) Chargers (LBCeaglesFan!):

29) Chiefs (Boxer Madness):

30) Packers (Kephas):

31) Rams (Matthieuck):

32) Patriots (Zett_66):

Now it’s time for you to vote for who YOU think the Giants should pick in the 2019 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft.

Poll

Who should the Giants draft at No. 17 overall?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Brian Burns
    (79 votes)
  • 14%
    D.K. Metcalf
    (28 votes)
  • 18%
    Christian Wilkins
    (36 votes)
  • 10%
    Greedy Williams
    (21 votes)
  • 3%
    Jeffery Simmons
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    Dexter Lawrence
    (10 votes)
  • 6%
    Marquise Brown
    (12 votes)
192 votes total Vote Now

2019 BGN Community Consensus Mock Draft

1) Cardinals: Kyler Murray

2) 49ers: Nick Bosa

3) Jets: Quinnen Williams

4) Raiders: Josh Allen

5) Buccaneers: Montez Sweat

6) Giants: Dwayne Haskins

7) Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor

8) Lions: Ed Oliver

9) Bills: Jonah Williams

10) Broncos: Devin White

11) Bengals: Devin Bush

12) Packers: T.J. Hockenson

13) Dolphins: Andre Dillard

14) Falcons: Rashan Gary

15) Washington: Drew Lock

16) Panthers: Clelin Ferrell

17) Giants: