Thursday at the Senior Bowl: The Butler did it
Posted by Danny O'Neil
"He's got a great back-pedal."
That's the kind of things a football scout says when he's evaluating a linebacker. Well, at least when he's evaluating a promising linebacker, and those exact words were spoken by a pair of trained eyes watching the linebackers during the North team's practice at the Senior Bowl.
Most NFL talent evaluators are gone at this point, and attendance at the practice is about one-third what it was on Wednesday.
Players are no longer in shoulder pads so practice isn't nearly so physical.
Butler is the only player from a Washington college at the Senior Bowl, and he has distinguished himself as an athletic linebacker. He's a little small in terms of prototypes for a middle linebacker, but there are plenty of success stories at his size.
An invitation to the Senior Bowl has constituted a heck of an opportunity for Washington's Donald Butler, and from all indications, he is making the most of that chance.
He has really distinguished himself among the linebackers on the North team. Koa Misi of Utah looked stiff, though he started to come around on Thursday.
Justin Cole of San Jose State has unique physical attributes at 6 feet 3, 239 pounds, but scouts say tape from this season didn't show the kind of production you would expect from someone with his physical tools.
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