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Vernon Butler Selected 30th In The 2016 NFL Draft

NFL: Vernon Butler

With the 30th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers have selected Defensive Tackle Vernon Butler from Louisiana Tech University.

Butler might be my personal favorite interior defensive lineman. Not a lot of people are talking about him, so I think he could be a real steal in this years draft for any team looking for a play maker along the line of scrimmage.

His tape shows it all. At the Senior Bowl workouts he really impressed me. He gets off the ball very fast, and can get off any kind of block.

Not only can he sneak between the gaps, he can be a dominate force to close the box on passing plays. With his awareness and skill set, any defensive coordinator should be stoked to get their hands on this player. Butler compiled 23.5 sacks over the last two seasons. In his senior year, Vernon was named First Team All-Conference USA.

While Butler is sound as a hitter, he is sometimes plays uptight off the snap. He relies alot on his upper body strength. He can get caught looking in the backfield. He does struggle to put together moves as a pass rusher. He needs to show more purpose and strategy to his rush

Vernon is sound at the point of attack and will thrive on the next level.  He has potential to succeed with the Panthers and should be an immediate help as a run-stuffing, two-down defensive lineman.

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