Vernon Butler   DT   Louisiana Tech

Vernon is a big, strong, powerful defensive tackle who reminds me a lot of a slimmed down Vince Wilfork. Vernon is a run stuffer with the ability to push the pocket and change the line of scrimmage on just about every play. He has the lateral agility and lower body strength to string plays out and hold the point of attack to allow others to run free and make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. If you make a mistake against Vernon he has the balance and foot speed to get into the backfield and disrupted the play or sack a Quarterback. He can play on the nose in a 3-4 or at defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense. Vernon will control the middle of the line of scrimmage with power and the balance and athletic talent that most players wish they had. He is a pure Defensive Tackle with natural athletic talent, size and strength to impact quickly.

There are techniques that Vernon will have to work on to continue to improve. Right now his athletic talent has served him well, but itís time to learn the intricacies of the position and as soon as he does, he will become the type of player you build your defense around.

Vernon plays defensive tackle with ease but the next level ďeaseĒ will not be all that the needs. He looks on film to have the work ethic to continue to improve and he will need it as he must get off blocks quicker or running backs will be waving to him as they pass him by. He has to play with better leverage because bull rushing an actual NFL offensive center will be harder if he doesnít come off the line of scrimmage and gain leverage. Vernon has the potential to impact the way Vince Wilfork impacted in his prime. He can control the middle of the line of scrimmage against the run and on passing downs, he can disrupt those pocket passers getting into the backfield or by pushing that pocket right back in their faces and disrupting the rhythm of the play. I am big on building teams through the lines first. Thatís just me thinking that if you canít stop the run on defense and run the ball on offense, your team will not be successful. Vernon is the type of player that will make your defense successful.

Drew Boylhart  FEB.2016