And that makes four. With the 17th pick of the sixth round, 187th overall, the New York Jets have selected Wake Forest safety Josh Bush. Bush blossomed after making the move from cornerback to safety and had a very productive senior season for the Demon Deacons.
The defensive back met with the Jets last week, who obviously had to have been impressed with the young man's track record and composure.
Click through the jump for a quick scouting report and a few notes on Josh Bush...Via CBS Sports:
Strengths: Flexible athlete with good foot quickness and rangy speed to cover a lot of ground. Shows good awareness to watch the eyes of the quarterback, track the ball in the air and go get it. Does a nice job fighting for positioning in coverage, using his body to box-out the receiver. Flashes a tough, competitive drive and gets the most out of his ability. Has versatile experience with experience at both free safety and cornerback - 27 career starts in the secondary. Had a productive senior season, finishing second in the ACC in interceptions with six - totaled 115 return yards on interceptions, averaging almost 20 yards per return.Weaknesses: Bush has only average size and strength, lacking ideal muscle tone throughout his frame. Struggles on an island and doesn't have the recovery speed to hold up in man coverage. Has choppy footwork and doesn't look natural in his transition, opening his hips too early in coverage. Played mostly in the second half of the field with little experience blitzing or in press. Needs to do a better job breaking down in space and tackling through the ballcarrier in order to finish. Has some questionable durability and was often banged up over his career (hamstring and shoulder issues). -- Dane Brugler
Bush was a first team All-ACC selection in 2011, recording 59 tackles and six interceptions. While Bush struggled in coverage as a cornerback after a promising freshman campaign, he took to his new role as free safety and flourished, especially in the 2011 season for a much-improved Wake Forest secondary.
The defensive back will most likely have to make his mark on special teams, like most late-round picks, but if he can continue to improve his tackling technique and continue to develop some strength, he could be a nice value and depth player for the Jets down the road.