Coverage - Effective in zone drops to read the backfield and work into throwing lanes. Buzzes down into the flats and knows how to defend the hook/curl. Has had some struggles in man coverage when tasked with turning and running with backs and tight ends. Illustrates good route anticipation and recognition ability.
Tackling - Physical and aggressive finisher with outstanding contact balance. Low center of gravity with outstanding hitting power that doesn't easily concede yards after contact. Squares up well and plays under control when his angles are correct. Lack of length limits his tackle radius.
Blocks - Physical when taking on blocks and isn't easily moved. Does well to reduce his surface area and slip/undercut blocks by contorting around contact but it's sometimes at the expense of taking the correct angle. Lack of length causes issues when working to disengage but hands are active.
Physicality - Urgently pursues the football and excels playing into the line of scrimmage. Has no issues exchanging power with blockers and competes hard. Low center of gravity and power in his lower half leads to violent hits and tackles.
Motor - Plays with a motor that always runs hot. Will chase down plays from distance and works hard in pursuit. Blends patience with urgency that keeps him in proper positioning.
Processing - Confident reading his keys and attacking the football. Clean footwork with initial steps in pursuit that combined with excellent quickness keeps him ahead of blocks. Comfortable sinking into zone coverage and feeling routes to his area while reading the backfield.
Range - Quick processing skills, clean footwork and rapid acceleration enables him to work outside the tackles and make plays. Had some issues carrying tight ends down the seam and keeping pace with backs on wheel routes in man coverage.
Flexibility - Moves well laterally and is overall a smooth operator. Has the flexibility needed to work around contact and slip tackles. Quick change of direction ability and transitions are clean when turning and running.
Versatility - Can play all three positions and offers playmaking upside on every down. Thrives in space, playing downhill and offers upside as a blitzer. No limitations.
BEST TRAIT - Physicality
WORST TRAIT - Length
RED FLAGS - None
Bush stacked consecutive dominant seasons together at Michigan while developing into a top linebacker prospect. A versatile defender, Bush projects favorably to all three linebacker positions but is likely most natural as an inside backer. His processing skills, physicality and range makes him an every-down option with playmaking upside. Bush does have some limitations when tackling and playing through contact that are present because he lacks ideal length. Bush should be able to start early in his career and become an impact playmaker with the upside to be the face of an NFL defense.