Drew Boylhart   4/09

Darius Butler  CB  Connecticut         

 

STRENGTH

Darius is a multi-talented, athletically gifted player.  He is very smart and can play more than one position for your team.  Darius should have impact for you right away as a special teams player because of his speed and quickness.  He shows excellent hands to intercept the ball and does an adequate job tackling at the college level.  Darius has good size and strength; this combined with his athletic talent should make Darius an impact player for the team that drafts him, if he can decide what position he really wants to play!  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Right now, Darius is a much better athlete than his opponents in college.  He also seems to be more interested in being a WR than a CB.  I had a hard time finding film on him playing CB, but I did not have a hard time finding film on him playing WR.  I'm not convinced that Darius is going to like the grunt work that will be needed from him to improve his play at the CB position.    

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 2

Playing football has been very easy for Darius.  I'm sure with his talents that Darius just walks on a field and easily does whatever he wants to do.  I think for the first time in his athletic life, Darius will have to work and improve his instincts along with his strength to become a better tackler if he wants to stay at the CB position for the team that drafts him.  I really think when push comes to shove, Darius may want to move to the other side of the ball and play WR.  I'm not convinced he wants to tackle those big WR's for a 16 game schedule because there is no glamour in it.  There is glamour in returning kicks and punts and catching a deep ball down the field for TD's; tackling is not so glamorous.  I like this kid's talent, but I would have to interview him personally to decide if this kid is ready to be a CB in the NFL or a WR in the NFL.  I'm not going to draft him to be an impact CB in the first round if I'm not sure that's what he wants to be and right now, I'm not sure nor am I convinced.  I don't like drafting players who switch back and forth from one side of the ball to the other.  If they get hurt, then both sides are affected.  A play here or there is not a problem like Refrigerator Perry or Mike Vrabel who are veterans and know what it's all about.  But drafting a player who will split time at two positions and not become proficient at either is a problem for me.  Darius has first round talent and most likely will be drafted in the first round, but how long will it take for him to become a Pro Bowl CB?  Especially if that is not what he really wants to be.  Personally, for me, I have to look at other talented CB's who really want to be CB's.