Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

04 Aug 2010

Donald Butler Out For Year

Chargers middle linebacker Donald Butler will miss his entire rookie season after tearing his Achilles during practice.

Butler, a third-round pick, had been expected to compete for time in the middle.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 04 Aug 2010

2 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2010, 5:26pm by Doug Farrar

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by alexbond :: Wed, 08/04/2010 - 5:18pm

I watched Butler a ton at UW, he is perfect for the 3-4 MLB spot. He's very strong and fast, but has basically zero agility. He can shoot forward and fight a guard or take a back down in the backfield, but in a 4-3 where he has to move laterally and track a back, he leaves cutback lanes wide open. He is a ferocious tackler. In pass coverage, he can pull in a tipped ball or tackle after the catch, but I wouldn't like to see what an NFL-calibur TE could do to him. He blitzes well, with speed and force, but he doesn't have the hand moves to separate from a blocker like a pro should. Too bad about the injury - he is a good player who makes exciting plays in the running game and as a UW fan I was looking forward to watching him.

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by Doug Farrar :: Wed, 08/04/2010 - 5:26pm

And he's such a nice kid. This officially sucks.