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Chargers Draft Pick: Donald Butler 

Donald ButlerStrengths:
Great size with a muscular physique — Very Athletic — Explosive and fast with a burst — Smooth with nice agility and quickness — Terrific instincts to read and react — Excellent strength — Does a fantastic job in pursuit and closes in a hurry — Able to avoid blockers — Reliable tackler — Can match up in man coverage — Decent blitzer — Hard Worker — Leader — Versatile — Superb  special teamer — Productive.

Durability may be a concern — Struggles when he has to take on and shed blockers — Lacks power in his game — Not a big hitter — Can be too aggressive at times — Gets engulfed when massive linemen lock on — Is not stout at the point of attack — Frame might  be maxed out.

Was a 2½-year starter for the Huskies — Named 2nd Team All-Pac-10 in 2009 — Served as a team captain — Missed some time with a knee injury in 2007 — Suffered a concussion in 2008 — Didn’t work out at the Scouting Combine due to an ankle sprain — Generated a lot of buzz with his performance at the Senior Bowl — Could project inside or outside at the next level and has experience at both positions — A real intriguing player with a lot of talent who flew under the radar while stuck on a bad team in the Pacific Northwest — Underrated prospect with both the  physical tools and  intangibles to be a starter in the NFL. – DraftCountdown.com

Donald Butler

Position: ILB School: Washington
Height: 6?1 1/8 Weight: 245 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.62

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

3rd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 9
Strength/Explosion 10 4
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 6.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 4.5
Potential 10 8.5

Linebacker Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 3
Coverage 8 7.5
Pass Rushing 8 4
Tackling 8 6
Instincts 8 5
Hips/Lateral Movement 8 7

Explanation of Player Grading System

A very rangy linebacker. Great athleticism. Gets very deep in his drops and is tremendous in pass coverage – on one play vs. USC he ran across the field with top WR prospect Damian Williams and broke up the pass. Very fluid hips and looks like he could play safety. Solid tackler and wraps up well.


Very soft and is very bad at taking on lineman at the point of attack. Over commits on a lot of running plays and ran himself out of position to make a play. Questionable instincts. Doesn’t seem to have great balance and gets knocked over a lot. Not very versatile and will only be able to play in a 3-4 because of his lack of ability to take on lineman.


He’s a great option for teams that like smaller, speedier linebackers the can drop into coverage. He isn’t great against the run and has trouble in traffic, but he’s so athletic and rangy that he’ll fit in somewhere and should be able to contribute on special teams too. – DraftBreakdown.com

TOP RATED NFL DRAFT SCOUT INSIDE LINEBACKERS: Donald Butler, Washington, 6-1, 245, 4-5: Butler’s stock has been rising quickly the past few months, especially after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl workouts. Based on that, he became a late addition to the invitation list for the combine, where he put up a position-best 35 bench-press repetitions at 225 pounds. Because of injuries to others, Butler moved between inside and outside linebacker in 2008 and did it well enough to be voted the Huskies’ most improved defender. He was then selected team captain for 2009, going on to lead the team with 94 tackles, 15?? for a loss. He added two interceptions, a fumble recovery and three forced fumbles. – Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com/CBS Sports/USA TODAY

Washington inside linebacker Donald Butler made a strong impression at the Senior Bowl, earning himself a late invitation to the Combine after being passed over initially. Then he surprised scouts in Indianapolis with his strength; leading all linebackers with 35 repetitions of 225 pounds. A sprained ankle suffered in Mobile kept him out of the rest of the drills, however. Healthy, Butler helped himself Wednesday in Seattle, running in the high 4.6s to low 4.7s, according to those in attendance, and leading all participants with a 35.5″ vertical jump. While Butler may have solidified his reputation as one of more unheralded inside linebackers of this class, the player who helped himself the most was clearly pass rusher Daniel Te’o-Nesheim. – Rob Rang, The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com



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