STRENGTHS - Butler is a long athlete with a tall, slender frame. He is a smooth strider with long legs and arms. It is hard to tell whether he has great acceleration or not because of how limited he gets used at SDSU. Butler made a vertical play against Hawaii that looked great, he ran the seam and went up over the defender to get the ball for a score. He has average hands as he allowed the ball to get too far into his body in that throw, but there was no defender around. He can go up and get the ball in jump ball situations. He is a willing blocker but it is an area of the game to improve as he is not physical.
WEAKNESSES - Butler is not an elite pass catcher and he doesn't have great hands. He allows the ball to get too close to his frame where he will fight it. Butler is not going to handle the press at the LOS well at all, as he is thin and he will get pressed all over the field. Butler lacks short area quickness and the ability to separate from corners because of his long legs. He has a long stride and is not a player who will start/stop easily. He has a very thin frame and there have to be concerns about his ability to handle the punishment he is going to take in the NFL. There is very little production from his entire college career. Butler seems to be an afterthought in this offense as he is rarely targeted.
SUMMARY - Butler should be so much more productive than he is with his size/speed combination but the results just aren't there. He is a very raw prospect with long legs and arms. He has a very long stride and it takes him a few steps to get up to full speed, and there is very little short area quickness. He is not a very polished route runner and he doesn't have the short area quickness that could set him apart from other receivers. He is not a physical player and teams are going to press him because he can't fight through it. At this time, Butler is a vertical threat only and nothing more. Butler deserves sixth-round consideration at this time because of his ability to attack the defense vertically and his size/speed combination.