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Donald Butler (LB)
  • Height:
    6'1"
  • Weight:
    245 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 5/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Washington
  • Conference:
    Pac-12
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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 15 (79)
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Pick Analysis: The Chargers upgrade the depth at the linebacker position with the addition of Donald Butler. The former Washington star is a versatile player with instincts and awareness to be an impact player in the middle of their defense. Although he is likely a season or two away from seeing major minutes, Butler could be a key contributor to the Chargers as a special teams player.

Overview

Butler is a two-year starter that had an outstanding senior season. Butler has good size and strength but lacks great speed. He is a solid athlete with decent foot agility, balance and short area quickness to close in the open field. Butler should be more physical on contact but is a solid hitter between the tackles. He is inconsistent to ward off and shed blockers to the pile. He has good instincts but is inconsistent in his pursuit angles and run fits at times. Despite not having great speed, he is solid as a coverage defender. Butler has the size, strength, instincts, toughness and athleticism to contribute on special teams as well adding valuable depth to a club in his rookie season.


Strengths

Well built with a big frame. Maintains good balance with a solid base and has the foot agility to make plays in the short area. Fluid enough to stick in man coverage and reads underneath routes in zone. Hard worker that was very productive in the Pac-10.

Weaknesses

Does not have the speed to be a sideline-to-sideline player. Over-runs gap responsibility at times. Inconsistent at shedding blocks and sometimes takes poor angles to the ball. Not an explosive hitter that needs to be more physical to be successful at the next level.

Grade

5.0

 

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