BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior-year totals included 93/13.5/3.5 when he also intercepted three passes and broke up two more. Junior-year numbers included 71/18/7.5 after 75/15.5/5.5 as a sophomore. Began his college career as a 285-pound defensive tackle.
POSITIVES: Outstanding athlete with a large degree of upside potential. Gets depth on pass drops, shows speed in every direction, and covers a large amount of area on the field. Takes good angles to the play. Shows a good head for the ball and above-average instincts. Has a closing burst of speed and plays with a good degree of quickness. Hustles to make positive plays.
NEGATIVES: Slow shedding blocks once engaged at the point. Takes a lot of extra steps and not efficient. Must do a better job using his hands to protect himself.
ANALYSIS: Butler offers terrific size/speed numbers and has the competitive nature to complement them. He has the ability to be used in a variety of defensive systems, yet he must take his game to another level to be a starter in the NFL.