The athletic interior lineman out of Louisiana Tech, Vernon Butler, in action at the combine.
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We continue the series with a scouting report of Louisiana Tech DT Vernon Butler.
Name: Vernon Butler
School: Louisiana Tech
Weight: 323 pounds
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Vernon Butler may hail from a small school, but the big defensive tackle made a monster impact during his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech.
Butler totaled 170 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in 49 games over four years, coming on strong his final two seasons. He recorded 56 tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2014 before earning first-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior last year with 50 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and eight QB hurries.
A 6-4, 323-pound behemoth in the trenches, Butler possesses ideal size that all teams covet. Stout against the run, he holds strong at the point of attack with a powerful base. He's also an underrated pass rusher with the ability to get to the quarterback largely thanks to an explosive bull rush move off the snap. Scouts rave about his versatility as he can play DT, NT or DE in a 3-4 scheme.
Many pundits say Butler reminds them of Muhammed Wilkerson, although note it's premature to expect similar production as the Jets' perennial Pro Bowler. Nonetheless, with a powerful frame, high motor and natural skillset, Butler figures to make a seamless transition from Louisiana Tech to the NFL.
40-Yard Dash:5.33 seconds
Bench Press: 26 reps
Vertical Jump: 29.5 inches
Broad Jump: 104.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.82 seconds
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