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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Patriots select Darius Butler, CB out of UCONN

With their third pick the Patriots have selected Darius Bulter a corner back out of Uconn. Back to back local picks here. The Patriots must have loved both Brace and Butler because they traded with the Raiders to select Butler. Butler was rumored to go in the first round and many people had the Patriots taking him with the 23rd pick. So this pick was somewhat of a steal.

BB went to see his workout and fell in love with him. He will right away compete for a starting job along with the Patriots other corner backs. Last season he had 40 tackles and 4 pass break ups. He had 7 career interceptions. He is also a kick returner.

Butler is 5'11 and 183. He ran a 4.53 40 yard dash.

I really like this pick.

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Strengths:Excellent athleticism...Great speed and quickness...Smooth with fluid hips...Terrific hands and ball skills...A great leaper...Outstanding feet...Solid instincts and awareness...Reads and reacts well...Closes fast and has a burst to recover...Is willing to come up and support the run...Smart...Supremely confident...Can also return kicks...Has a lot of Division I experience... Team leader and captain ...Good bloodlines.

Weaknesses:Height and bulk are just average...Durability is a concern...Has some technique issues with his backpedal...Not real physical...Needs to get stronger...Allows too much separation...Can get a better bump at the line...Has room to improve as a tackler..Too few impact plays in 2008.

Notes:Was a four-year starter for the Huskies...Cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee...Uncle, Gene Atkins, played in the NFL from 1987-96 with the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins...One of eight siblings...Also played some wide receiver in college...Missed one game with a hamstring injury in 2006...Missed four games with a sprained knee as a senior...A better pro prospect than his former teammate Tyvon Branch, who was a fourth round pick of the Oakland Raiders a year ago...Impressive natural talent with both the physical tools and intangibles you look for in a starting corner at the next level.

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