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Steelers set sights on top 2 inside linebackers available in NFL Draft

About an hour ago General manager Kevin Colbert knows the Pittsburgh Steelers did not adequately replace Ryan Shazier in the middle of the defense last season. One peek at the record is affirmation. were 9-6-1, "Colbert said in February," and we didn't make the playoffs. " The Steelers put out the postseason for the first time since 2013, the year before Shazier joined the team as a first -round draft pick from Ohio State. With Shazier beginning his recovery from a spinal cord injury in '18, the Steelers signed journeyman middle linebacker Jon Bostic in free agency but unable to secure any of the top linebacker prospects in the first round. Then, the Steelers ignored the position altogether in the draft. This offseason, the Steelers added linebacker Mark Barron in the free agency, but does not look for the same draft scenario to play out again. The Steelers have their sights on the two top linebackers available &#821 1; LSU's Devin White and Michigan's Devin Bush – and they have the collateral to acquire one. Trades that sent Marcus Gilbert to Arizona and Antonio Brown to Oakland provided three draft picks – the Steelers have 10 overall – that can help them trade in the first round. Armed with the No. 20 pick, the steelers have the ammunition to climb higher. The questions are, how high? The 6-foot, 237-pound White and Bush (5-11, 234) each left school after their junior seasons and were the consensus top two linebackers heading into…

About an hour ago

General manager Kevin Colbert knows the Pittsburgh Steelers did not adequately replace Ryan Shazier in the middle of the defense last season.

One peek at the record is affirmation. were 9-6-1, “Colbert said in February,” and we didn’t make the playoffs. “

The Steelers put out the postseason for the first time since 2013, the year before Shazier joined the team as a first -round draft pick from Ohio State. With Shazier beginning his recovery from a spinal cord injury in ’18, the Steelers signed journeyman middle linebacker Jon Bostic in free agency but unable to secure any of the top linebacker prospects in the first round. Then, the Steelers ignored the position altogether in the draft.

This offseason, the Steelers added linebacker Mark Barron in the free agency, but does not look for the same draft scenario to play out again. The Steelers have their sights on the two top linebackers available &#821

1; LSU’s Devin White and Michigan’s Devin Bush – and they have the collateral to acquire one.

Trades that sent Marcus Gilbert to Arizona and Antonio Brown to Oakland provided three draft picks – the Steelers have 10 overall – that can help them trade in the first round. Armed with the No. 20 pick, the steelers have the ammunition to climb higher. The questions are, how high?

The 6-foot, 237-pound White and Bush (5-11, 234) each left school after their junior seasons and were the consensus top two linebackers heading into the NFL Combine. Then, White and Bush dominated the workouts in Indianapolis, with White running a 4.42 40-yard dash and bush coming in right behind at 4.43.

Now, they both might be gone before pick no. 10, let alone No. 20.

“If Devin White is the fifth pick,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said, “I don’t think Devin Bush can be far behind. … I think he has one of the top 10 players in this draft. ”

NFL Network Analyst Daniel Jeremiah has White listed at No. 6 and Bush No. 9 a his final list of top 100 prospects

Both prospects have the skills that inside the linebacker the Steelers have sought since Shazier’s injury. White amassed 256 tackled over two years at LSU and was named the Butkus Award winner as the country’s top linebacker.

“He has the speed, range, ability to cover, the effort, the leadership: all those traits you It’s looking for a modern linebacker, “Jeremiah said.” The leadership, the effort has been through the test of time, but the ability to cover and run is so huge right now at that position. That’s what makes him unique. … He’s going to be a rookie of the year candidate who is going to collect a ridiculous number of tackles and explosive plays. ”

Jeremiah has White rated on par with Roquan Smith, top linebacker of the 2018 class who went no. 8 overall to the Chicago Bears

Bush had 182 tackled in his two years as a start at Michigan. He was a Butkus finalist as a sophomore and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior.

“He’s got some serious thump,” Jeremiah said. He can run, cover and blitz. ”

Failure to land either White or Bush in the first round means the Steelers could target Alabama’s Mack Wilson in the second. She’s considered the best of the second-tier linebackers.

“It’s the child of the two Devins and a big dropoff,” Jeremiah said.

If the Steelers are unable to trade, they can try again with pick no. 52 in the second round, or no. 66 or No. 83 in the third.

“You want to take a lineback more in the third-round range,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. “That is the sweet spot for linebackers this year.” Stee

Joe Rutter is a Tribune Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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