Showcases some physicality off the line in press man and does a nice job using his length to force defenders toward the sideline, using it as an extra defender. Possesses a good feel for the pass game and consistently is able to quickly get his head around and locate the ball vertically.
However, because of his high back-pedal, he will struggle to quickly get back up to speed when asked to turn and run and will lose a step down the field. But, he does possess a good feel in zone coverage, loves to keep his eyes in the backfield and does a nice job feeling the routes around him and closing on the throw.
Isn’t a real physical tackler and looks content at times to simply stay blocked.
Impression: He’s long and physical, and although he does play a bit high, the guy has the natural balance and body control to hold up in man coverage at the next level."
Positive: Disciplined corner who has solid physical skills. Fluid flipping his hips off the line, aggressive throughout the route, and displays a nice break on passes. Quick up the field, voluntarily defends the run, and explosive at the point of attack. Diagnoses plays and stays with receivers throughout assignments.
Negative: Does not display a great sense of timing. Prefers to side shuffle down the field.
Analysis: Butler has been productive on the college level since his sophomore season. He possesses the size and physical skills to play the next level but might not be anything more than a dime back/special teams player."
Negatives: Is a little thin for his height, needs to add 10-15 pounds of bulk to be more effective in run support... Never had great statistical seasons at GT, only recorded 137 tackles and four interceptions in three seasons as a starter... Gets too upright in his backpedal, footwork is not as good as hip fluidity at this point... Not a very sure tackler, tackling technique is not where it needs to be if he is to be a run-stopping threat in the NFL... Was not a playmaker in college, did not make the kind of game-breaking plays teams look for on film... Ran very poorly at the combine, needed a faster 40-time to help his draft stock, will likely fall down a lot of draft boards as a result."
As an upperclassman Butler continued to improve. As a junior he started all 14 games and tallied 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss and two interceptions. Heading into the 2010 campaign Butler needed to become a leader of the secondary. He has done just that. Through the regular season, Butler has continued to be a staple at one of the cornerback spots and has forced most opponents to avoid throwing in his direction. On the year Butler has tallied a career high 47 tackles and added an interception return for a touchdown.
Butler has decent size and speed, but is not the biggest or fastest corner in this class. His overtaking of the leadership role in the secondary has boosted his stock, but right now Butler is a mid-round selection and it will take some surprising workouts for him to work his way into the second or third round."
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