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NFL Combine 2010 Results: ILB Donald Butler Out-Lifts All but Four Linemen

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    NFL Combine 2010 Results: ILB Donald Butler Out-Lifts All but Four Linemen by Daniel Wolf
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    Written on March 01, 2010
    Jeff Golden/Getty Images Coming into the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, Donald Butler of Washington was not a name mentioned much.

    However, after his impressive strength was on display in the bench press, his stock is now on the rise in Indianapolis.

    Butler is an honorable mention All-American by SI.com, and despite being an under-the-radar inside linebacker coming into Indy, his name will now be on the minds of many scouts and coaches.

    Lifting 225 pounds 35 times, Butler was out-lifted by two defensive linemen—Georgia's Jeff Owens with 44 and East Carolina's Linval Joseph, who had 39—and two offensive linemen—Arkansas' Mitch Petrus, who had 45 reps, and Oklahoma State's Russell Okung with 38.

    One of the bigger linebackers at the combine at 6'1" and 245 pounds, the biggest knock on Butler has been his speed.

    Butler is a two-year starter, and he managed 94 total tackles (72 solo), 15.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions in 2009.

    As well as being an All-American honorable mention by SI.com, Butler has been an honorable mention for All-Academic Pac-10 honors too.

    Currently projected as a third or fourth round pick, Butler may shoot up draft boards for many teams that need a smart and strong inside linebacker to perhaps lead their defense for the future.

    A quick side note: Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon also managed an impressive 34 reps in the bench press, and he too might have pushed himself into the bottom of the first round now.

    (Daniel Wolf is exclusively covering the NFL Scouting Combine for Bleacher Report via NFL Network.)
  2. Gaede

    Gaede Well-Known Member

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    I've liked this guy since he impressed during the Senior Bowl. Certainly sounds like a guy we'd be interested in
  3. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    thats why i posted it
  4. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Weatherspoon keeps growing on me.
  5. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    Exactly, he wasn't that "under the radar". I know I saw him on a couple of sites as the 4th or so best ILB out there.

    He was one of the few ILBs over 240 lbs, so he was going to get some notice, especially for those of us who think we need a backup for Bradie.

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