One of the deepest positions in this year’s NFL Draft class is defensive line, and one who drew rave reviews at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month was Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler.
As one scout told Bob McGinn of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “everybody loved” Butler at the Combine.
Big 5-technique,” the scout said. “He can do a lot of things. I’d be a little skittish of him there (late first round).” Just five sacks in 48 games (28 starts). “Everybody here loves him,” another scout said. “More second round. Nose tackle and 3-technique.”
A former prospect out of southwestern Mississippi, Butler has the size for his position at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds and had a strong college career with the Bulldogs despite only having five sacks. Besides that, he had 168 tackles, including 28.5 for a loss, and also a forced fumble.
That said, though he wasn’t particularly strong as a pass-rusher, Butler easily has a future as an anchor in the middle and his work ethic should up his draft stock.
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