Devin Bush Dec 5, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush (55) looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush was drafted with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then, it’s safe to say the former Michigan Wolverines star hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.

In three seasons with the Steelers, the former top-10 pick has missed 14 games, has yet to make a Pro Bowl, and now appears to be at risk of losing his starting spot with the team’s depth chart now listing Robert Spillan as a co-starter along with Bush.

Bush is now entering the final year of his contract after a disappointing 2021 season. But when asked if he felt the 2022 season was “make-or-break” for him, he had quite a blunt and candid response.

“I’m going to still be in the NFL,” Bush told the media, according to The Athletic. “So we’ll see.”

Bush had a strong rookie season in 2019, even finishing third in the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year voting. But after playing just five games in 2020, the former top-10 pick tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season. It took Bush a while to get back to full speed after the injury, but he claims he’s now 100 percent healthy.

Regardless of whether he thinks this season will be “make-or-break,” it’s an important season, giving Bush a chance to live up to his pre-draft hype.

[The Athletic]