The initial move is good and I saw a clip from another game where some people fell off him and let him get free, but generally he's not much of a RAC threat. He doesn't have much ability to make cuts in space. Not a lot of pitter-patter quickness. He's more of a straight-line guy.
A-Rob at Penn State was so good in these situations that they would throw several screens his way every game.
Even AJ Green, who's a downfield/finesse WR with a thin frame and not my idea of RAC specialist, was used like this:
I remember when Demaryius was a rookie for Denver they used him on KRs because he was so unusually mobile.
Vincent Jackson in college was a pretty good return man in addition to his WR duties.
That's what you're looking for. Exceptional mobility.
Butler is a limited athlete compared to most of the successful NFL WRs, and it's more down to what you see in his clips than his combine metrics, which look fine. He's going to struggle to win with routes and athleticism. So then you think, 'Well, he's still tall, and he has long arms. Maybe he can win that way.' The problem there, as we talked about, is that he's not a great pure receiver either. So you've got a flawed athlete with flawed positional skills. Maybe they can still get something out of him. He had great production last season. I'm not a fan though and his ADP is quite high, which really renders it totally moot. People are taking this guy in the 12-15 range. Way too high. I don't see what they're seeing to justify those selections.
To me, as a guy who sat on the sidelines during this CFB season and caught up late, it feels like a case where some people built this guy up during the pre-draft process into something he's not and then failed to sufficiently correct the mistake when the NFL returned a "meh" verdict with his draft slot.
Of course, you have to go with your gut to some degree and if he pans out then those people will be ecstatic to have gotten him where they did in these rookie drafts, but I think I've laid out a fair case against him.
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