Donald Butler was not an extremely highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but it did not take him long to make an impact on the Washington defense. He was just one of two freshmen to see playing time for the Huskies in 2006 and he responded quite well, totaling 24 tackles on the season. An injury limited him to just eight games in 2007, but he still managed to start four games and end the season with 52 tackles. Butler started to become a really good linebacker during his junior campaign, but it was not until his senior season when he moved back to the inside linebacker spot when he really took the next step. That is when he led the team with 94 tackles and added an impressive 15.5 tackles-for-loss. Most people stopped paying attention to Washington football a while ago, but Butler deserves a ton of credit for being a leader on that side of the ball. Butler is an extremely strong player and with a little work on his technique he can be a great run stopper in the NFL. And it is not like Butler is slow either. He performed better than most inside linebackers at the combine by running a 4.62 40 yard dash and improved that number to 4.61 at the Huskies pro day. Washington's superb senior season and his solid showings at the combine and his pro day are quickly moving him up draft boards. After Rolando McClain, there is not another inside linebacker worthy of a first round selection, but Butler has made a strong case for himself to be the second taken and that could happen as early as the second round.