Michigan linebacker Devin Bush has moved up 10 spots to No. 6 on the latest Big Board published Thursday by ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr.
“He’s the best player on college football’s best defense, as Michigan is allowing an FBS-best 3.82 yards per play,” Kiper says of Bush. “He is a playmaker, lining up all over the field and making a ton of plays. Bush caught my eye early last season as a sophomore when he had 102 tackles, including 9.5 for loss, and an interception. He has 61 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2018.”
Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary checks in at No. 8 on the 25-player Big Board.
Kiper on Gary: “He dominates when he's at his best; he just manhandles offensive linemen. He has a high ceiling. The problem? Consistency. A defender this big and this talented should create more pressure and disruptions. The former No. 1 overall recruit disappears too often for my liking.”
Bush and Gary are both juniors and could leave Michigan early for the NFL draft.
The top three players on the Big Board are Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and LSU cornerback Greedy Williams.
There are seven Michigan players and two from Michigan State on Kiper’s latest position rankings:
Running back: Michigan’s Karan Higdon, No. 5.
Guard: Michigan’s Ben Bredeson, No. 3.
Defensive end: Gary, No. 2; Michigan State’s Kenny Willekes, No. 10.
Inside linebacker: Bush, No. 2.
Outside linebacker: Michigan’s Chase Winovich, No. 5.
Cornerback: Michigan’s David Long, No. 7; Michigan’s Lavert Hill, No. 8; Michigan State’s Justin Layne, No. 10.