1. Deon Bush, S, Fourth Round, Miami
Bears fans may really like Deon Bush because he’s a big-time hitter. This gives him a chance to be a contributor in the running game and perhaps give some wide receivers some alligator arms over the middle of the field, but unfortunately that may be where it ends.
Bush is coming off a very poor year at Miami. He was better his junior year than he was his senior year and made some major mistakes that scared off a lot of scouts. Other scouts say he doesn’t have the natural instincts to play safety at the NFL level.
Several scouting services projected Bush as a fifth, sixth or even a seventh round pick, but the Bears took him early in round four. They like his size, like his physicality and clearly think they can work with his flaws and turn him into a legitimate NFL defensive back.
Keep in mind the Bears didn’t do anything in free agency with their secondary and Bush was the first defensive back they took in the draft, so they didn’t take him with the idea that he will be a rotational player, they selected Bush with the idea that eventually they could pair him with Adrian Amos. That seems like a long shot at this point. The Bears clearly think that Bush’s 2015 season was an anomaly and the player he was in 2014 is the player they expect to show up in camp and develop into the player they expect him to be. That is a really big leap for this front office to take. Bush appears to be the player that is least likely to develop into a contributor for this defensive unit.