5 linebackers the Vikings could select in the 2019 NFL Draft

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Devin Bush
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ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 13: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers tries to outrun the tackle of Devin Bush #10 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second half on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Devin Bush (Michigan)


Height: 5-foot-11 | Weight: 235 pounds

2018 Stats:

  • 66 total tackles (41 solo)
  • 4.5 sacks, 4 pass breakups

The Vikings are unlikely to select a linebacker in the first round, but if the Vikings wanted to go against the grain and get a solid prospect, Bush might be the best fit.

Bush has become one of the top linebackers in the country for Michigan and his past two seasons have cemented him as a top prospect in this year’s draft. He plays with a relentless motor and his 4.43 40-yard dash time (which was the best at this year’s combine among linebackers) shows that he can get from sideline to sideline in a hurry.

Bush’s weaknesses stem from more of strength and length than anything else and should be a strong starter early in his career. The Minnesota Vikings don’t really have that opportunity available for Bush, but if they wanted to improve, it might be at middle linebacker where Kendricks struggled after signing an extension last offseason.

For what it’s worth, Mock Draftable shows that Bush’s combine performance compares him favorably to Kendricks.