Photo of Deon Butler
  • 4.38 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.01 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.32 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'10" Height
  • 182LBS. Weight


Butler is another of the Penn State senior receivers who have contributed since arriving at Happy Valley. Butler led the team with 47 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns in 2008, becoming the big-play receiver for QB Daryll Clark and being named second-team All-Big Ten by the media. The four-year starter averaged 44 catches for 654 yards and five scores entering the season, so his senior year was no accident. Butler's lack of size concerns scouts a bit, but teams will be knocking on his door if he goes undrafted. Had an arm span of 31 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.



Positives: Wiry strong receiver with long arms. Reliable hands; uses his hands outside his frame even when challenged and high-points the ball. Has the initial quickness off the snap to get into his route. Good vision, elusiveness and stop-start acceleration in space. Able to run through cornerback tackles to extend the play. Set up corners well for out-routes, pressing them inside and using his arm and quickness to separate. Negatives: Short, lean receiver who is knocked off his routes by larger corners. Will struggle to get off the jam. Makes the effort blocking on the outside but lacks the strength to sustain. Questionable value as a deep threat against man coverage; will be best in the slot.
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.