All four UConn draft picks, including running back Donald Brown, will have a chance to make an immediate impact with their new teams. What are the odds of seeing the former Huskies on the field next year?[details]
The Good: A gifted athlete with natural football savvy. Possesses great straight-line speed and has an ability to make up for a false step down the field. Does a nice job recognizing pass plays underneath and jumping routes. Is surprisingly physical in run support and isn't afraid to stick his head in and make the play. Showcases good instincts in zone coverage with the closing speed to consistently make plays on the ball. The Bad: Lacks muscle tone and girth. Doesn't like to play bump at the line of scrimmage and often backs off and plays from a trail technique. Needs to take better angles toward the receiver once he gives up a reception, as he allows to many yards after the catch.
Positives: Outstanding foot quickness. Excellent, natural athletic ability with an outstanding, 43-inch vertical. Loose-hipped. Pedals smoothly, transitions and pops out of his breaks with little wasted movement. Explosive - broad-jumped 13 feet, 4 inches at the Combine. Excelled in one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl. Sticks to receivers in man coverage. Good zone awareness. Attacks the ball in the air like a receiver. Showed very good hands and ball skills when lined up as a receiver. Has return ability. Has NFL bloodlines. Negatives: Is very thin-framed, weak and will shy and turn down contact. Narrow-hipped with a thin frame. Does not support the run. Hits like a marshmallow. Gives up too much separation. Gets beat more than he makes plays on the ball - zero interceptions as a senior. Was abused by Rutgers WR Kenny Britt and could struggle to handle big receivers. Soft playing temperament could always lend itself to durability issues. Summary: Feathery playing style and thin frame will turn off many evaluators, but Butler possesses natural athletic ability, very quick feet and good cover skills that will elicit high-level interest from press-man defenses. Might be the most purely athletic corner in the draft and he shows great ball skills and hands as a receiver but does not show the instincts with his back to the ball in coverage to capitalize on his receiving skills. Could interest a team like the Cowboys, Raiders or Cardinals for his feet and pure coverage skills and ability to moonlight as a receiver like he did in college. Grade: Borderline first-round talent.