Man, there are a lot of pretty good safety prospects out there this year. To be honest, I'd rather draft a guy and let him come along. Sharper and these other guys are going to be expensive. I'd rather see us take one in the draft.
I really like Butler for Georgia Tech. He will be there in the second and maybe even longer.
Here's a fitness report on him from Draftbook.
Position: S Height: 6' 3"
School: Georgia Tech Weight: 212 lbs.
General Variables: 33 out of 40 Position Variables: 32 out of 40
Size: 10 Pass Coverage: 9
Strength: 8 Run Defense: 8
Speed: 7 Blitzing: 7
Athleticism: 8 Tackling: 8
In the NFL, where wide receivers just keep getting bigger and taller, and tight ends are more like oversized wide receivers, a safety like James Butler who’s fluid in coverage is a hot commodity. Although he’s a solid tackler and run stopper, his strength is coverage. With great turn and smooth footwork, he can turn and run with nearly any WR in the country. Butler plays the passing game with a very natural feel and instinct, and in all honesty, could end up as a cornerback in the NFL with no drop in production. He has good speed on the field and, if he were to stay at safety in the NFL, a physique that could easily carry more weight. One note, I have to add, is that James Butler is a quality student and person, to the kind of level that warrants mentioning here. I do not downgrade players for off-field issues, if they appear manageable, but if you’re an NFL scout looking for a fine upstanding young man, who happens to be a great football player, Butler is your guy.
Butler is a good hitter, but not the best run stopper. What I mean is, when he makes the hit, it’s a good one, but he doesn’t make good decisions in run defense. This could be attributed to poor play recognition skills, as most of his big plays appear to be more freelance than part of the scheme. A lot of folks look at Butler and wonder if last season was an anomaly or was it a sign of things to come? Butler was unable to crack the starting lineup for his first two years of college, so even after this year he’s essentially a two-year player.
Also, I like Pool and Bullocks.
Brain, you around? What do you know about Andreron Moriah? I think he played for Marshall. Does he have skills?