Deon Butler Scouting Report

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Deon Butler Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Big10
School: Penn State Nittany Lions
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #3
Height & Weight: 5'10 - 168 lbs.
Drafted 3.27 in 2009 by SEA

2009 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.38
Bench press12
Vertical jump37.0
60-yard shuttle11.32

2009 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Deon Butler, WR, Penn State

Deon Butler is part of possibly the best trio of wide receivers in the country, along with teammates Derrick Williams and Jordan Norwood. Butler may not be the most exciting of the three, but he is definitely the most reliable of the Penn State receivers. Butler, now in his fourth year as a starter, was originally a walk on defensive back for the Nittany Lions. After red shirting and playing corner back for the practice squad, he was asked to move to wide receiver for the 2005 season. He responded by leading Penn State in catches and receiving touchdowns for the season, and helping bring Penn State back to national relevance. Butler has not only gone from former walk-on to starter, but also passed Bobby Engram for the top spot on Penn State's all time catch list with 179. He has averaged 15.4 yards per catch for his career. Butler has also accounted for 22 receiving touchdowns, including 9 during his breakout freshman campaign. Like Williams, Butler's numbers were hampered the last two seasons by Penn State's erratic quarterback play. Butler has incredibly dependable hands, and rarely does a catch-able ball get past him. He is also a very crafty route runner. He has good speed, but also makes quick cuts to shake corners in the open field. The only thing that will really hurt him in the NFL is his size. Because he's only 5'10" and 168 pounds, teams may pass on him early in the draft. If all draft selections were based only on ability rather than potential, Butler would go in the third or fourth round. He will likely however, end up a steal for somebody in the late fifth or sixth round. Deon Butler played in the East-West Shrine Game in January. He had a great week of practice, and impressed coaches with his excellent route running. Butler showed off a good burst coming out of his routes and ability to elevate over corner to get the ball at its highest point. He capped off his week by catching 3 passes for 69 yards during the actual game. Deon Butler continued his impressive off season by blowing scouts away at the NFL Combine. He ran a 4.38 second 40 yard dash and notched a 37 inch vertical leap, showing off the athleticism many scouts thought he lacked. Butler was a late round prospect because of his solid route running, but may have worked his way into the fourth round mix.

Last Updated Mar-20-2009 by Randall Weida

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