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Victor Butler (DE)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 248
College: Oregon St.
Conference: Pac-12
Hometown: Rialto, CA
High School: Eisenhower
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Selected by: Dallas Cowboys
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 10 (110)
Pick Analysis: Butler had a great workout at his pro day and jumped on the radar after starting just one year in college. The Cowboys need to fix their special teams and Butler, combined with the Cowboys' earlier pick of Jason Williams, will help. Butler is a standout on the kicking units. He has similar skills to the Broncos' Elvis Dumervil, and he shined in Oregon State's upset victory over USC this past year.
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An undersized pass-rush specialist with the Beavers, Butler must make the transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. A standout pass rusher who broke out to register 10.5 sacks as a junior despite only starting one game, Butler was first-team All-Pac-10 and tied the single-season sack record at OSU with 12 as a senior and leaves second in school history with 25.5 career sacks. It was his final two games with the Beavers that really have scouts intrigued. Butler earned Sun Bowl MVP after racking up 11 tackles, including five tackles for loss, four sacks and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh and showed surprising fluidity when operating in coverage while at the East-West Shrine Game.

High School

Three-year letterman as receiver, safety, defensive end and kick returner ... Played defensive end only as a senior due to team needs ... Two-time all-league and all-county as a senior.

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Positives: Rangy build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. ... Good initial burst off the edge as a pass rusher. ... Capable of challenging the tackle and flexible enough to bend around the tackle to collapse the pocket. ... Good closing speed. ... Good lateral quickness and balance to redirect. ... Shows some leg drive as a bull rusher. ... Helped himself at the East-West Shrine Game, showing good upper-body strength to pop the tight end off the snap. ... Good straight-line speed and agility to redirect in coverage. ... Tools to warrant development as a rush linebacker. ... Voted team captain.

Negatives: Classic "tweener." ... Essentially a one-trick pony. ... Lacks the bulk to remain at defensive end and may lack the necessary speed and agility for coverage. ... Questionable instincts for move a linebacker. ... Relies on his agility to avoid blockers when in space. ... Struggles to disengage from blockers once they've locked on. ... Only one season as a starter.

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