Devin Bush is a worse overall draft pick for Steelers than Edmunds
By Andrew Falce
Statistical production on the Steelers
While base stats aren’t everything and can often be misleading, they do at least tell a story between Bush and Edmunds. Despite playing two different positions, both players are comparable in terms of their style of play. Both are hyper-athletes that play closer to the line of scrimmage. Both should record quite a few tackles in any given season and should be counted on to be at least proficient in zone defense to cover their zone.
Though Edmunds has been in the league for an additional season, his stats have far outproduced Bush’s so far. To be fair, Bush did miss a large portion of the season last year due to an injury, but he hasn’t been able to pick up the pace that he left at. Edmunds has out tackled Bush so far, and it hasn’t really been that close.
The really damaging stat to look at has been both of their coverage ability. While a safety like Edmunds should be expected to be more adept than an off-ball linebacker in coverage, Bush was expected to be a good coverage linebacker given his athletic ability. He has fallen flat there so far and has been horrible there this season giving up a quarterback rating of 119.2 when targeted. Edmunds isn’t some sort of coverage guru by any means, but he has done far better in that role, only allowing a quarterback rating of 82.7 when targeted.