Scouting Report: Donald Butler

Written by Rob Engle on April 22, 2010




Donald Butler


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

Overall Grade:

5.91

Draft Projection:

3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

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


Category

Max. Value

Grade

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


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

Two year starter for Washington.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-Pac 10.
2008: n/a
2007: Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac 10.
2006: n/a


Academics

Unknown major at Washington.

Injuries

Missed several games in 2007 with unknown injury.


Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 91 70 21 1 3 2 0
2008 69 50 19 2 1 0 0
2007 51 28 23 0 0 0 0
2006 24 9 15 0 1 0 0






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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.