A new mock draft has been released into the wild, and it has LSU linebacker Devin White going in the top-10 picks. You know the drill.
Mel Kiper Jr.’s mock draft 3.0 is out and has both Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins going in the top six picks, as well as White going in-between them at fifth overall. With the 11th overall pick, Kiper has the Bengals going with the best available linebacker:
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
I have gone with the other Devin in previous Mock Drafts -- LSU’s Devin White-- but Bush isn’t far behind White as the best middle linebacker in this class. One of the prospects I picked out as a combine riser because of his workouts, Bush is always around the ball on film. The Bengals just brought back Preston Brown in free agency, but Bush could play any of the linebacker spots at the next level. He’s a three-down player.
We’re going to get Devin-fatigue here pretty soon, but we’re not complaining.
The debate between Bush and White has been raging since the conclusion of the NFL combine, where both linebackers blew everyone away in timed drills and jumps. In this scenario, Bush is left all by his lonesome while White ended up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which is the clear current consensus for his landing spot.
Bush to the Bengals has become a frequent choice for most analysts as White has elevated himself into the top-10, but would the Bengals take him with Ed Oliver still available? Oliver ended up with the Falcons at the 14th overall pick, and that seems to be his floor right now.
Bush would fill a much bigger need for the Bengals, but Oliver may end up being the player with the higher grade in the Bengals’ eyes, and finding an interior pass rusher to pair with Geno Atkins remains a big need for Lou Anarumo’s new defense, despite the addition of Kerry Wynn.
With free agency in the rear-view mirror, offensive tackle has been casted aside as a first-round option for the Bengals, leaving linebacker as the most likely pick. Bush’s fantastic combine has elevated him into a lock for the first round, which has made the pairing all the more logical. But linebacker is not the only need that should be considered with the 11th overall pick, and the debate between Oliver and Bush could be a crucial one when April 26th comes around.