Michael Bush   RB   Louisville

STRENGTHS 

Michael is a big powerful RB with excellent speed.  He is a one-cut back that likes to run over tacklers and intimidate them.  He has enough speed to turn the corner and is a recurring nightmare to CBs when he does this.   He has good hands for the short pass out of the backfield and knows how to run a screenplay with the best of them.  Michael shows some leadership skills and loves being the man.   He looks on film like he is a very hard worker and his teammates seem to like him and want to block for him.

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

He runs upright and takes on too many tacklers, which causes too many injuries.  He has to learn better RB skills and start to play smarter so that he can stay on the field.  Michael also does not block very well and lacks good blitz pick-up skills for the next level.

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1

Michael Bush reminds me a lot of Eddie George (RB - Tennessee Titans).  He is almost a clone in a lot of ways.  Eddie ran upright, but learned to get tougher and developed into an every down back - but it took some time.  In the meantime, because of his size and speed, he scared the crap out of the players and defensive coordinators when they played the Titans.  The fact that he was on the field at all caused problems for the other team because of his size and speed.  CBs hated to have to deal with Eddie and all I can say is that Michael Bush will have that same affect once he is drafted.  All you have to do is keep him injury-free.  That should not be a problem for the NFL teams - they lie about injured players all the time.   Michael has the potential to be a franchise back if he can stay on the field for the team that drafts him.  He is hurt right now and not playing, but once he starts to workout, his combine numbers will jump out and smack you right in the face.  Michael has a lot to learn but as I always say, it takes more than talent to play at the next level.  Michael has the mental strength to get better to go along with the need to be better.  It shows in the films he just has to stay on the field and show it more often. 

Drew Boylhart

November / 2006