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Draft Class Breakdown: Victor Butler

Selection: Fourth round: 110th overall

School: Oregon St.

Size: 6-2, 248 lbs

Victor Butler is another one of those players that is ALWAYS around the quarterback. He played defensive end, but it looks like the Dallas Cowboys will be working him at outside linebacker (side note: the Cowboys make this transition all too often; if you want an outside linebacker why draft a defensive end?).

Butler attacks the ball with such level headedness. Not once did he look out of control and never was he a victim of over-pursuit. Around 1:37 on the video he gets pushed to the outside to create the pocket, but when the quarterback scrambles underneath of him, Butler is easily able to reverse field and make the play. That is the kind of patience and control that a defensive end learns playing against the option and shifty quarterbacks.

Butler only has one year as a full-time starter. Prior to his senior season he only started one game though he did appear in every game after his freshman year. He has not fine-tuned his own style yet which means he will have a lot of weaknesses that can be exploited by the vets in the league. For instance, he comes off the ball with his WAY too low (shown at 1:00). This makes it extremely easy for the blocker to get into his chest (shown at :50). When he goes up against lineman with good hands or fullbacks that put their shoulder into your chest he will be on the losing end of that battle every time.

His low hands make it difficult to shed blocks. This will get him caught out of position a lot. His pass coverage is decent at best. In 49 games played in college he only has four passes defensed and one interception. This kid definitely has a lot of learning to do.

The Dallas Morning News says that he was brought into to replace Greg Ellis, but it does not seem like this is the best player for the job. The best fit for Butler might be in special teams. Most rookies are banished to this football limbo for their first few seasons, but scouts say that Butler plays excellent special teams. He could secure a spot on the roster in that respect.

The Cowboys are choosing between keeping Ellis or keeping all of their fourth rounders. Butler will really have to put his nose to the grindstone if he wants to earn that star.

What do you think? Does Butler have a place on this team, especially with Jason Williams drafted ahead of him? Is special teams enough to keep an in-between player around? Do you think he belongs? This is Cowboys GAB… so let your voice be heard.

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One Response to “Draft Class Breakdown: Victor Butler”

  1. Mike Anello says:

    Victor Butler definitely belongs on this team. He is a great pass rusher and can compete for an OLB spot in camp. He is very active and controls blockers well. I think Dallas should use him on passing downs and special teams until he develops

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