If you are looking for a Richard Sherman or Brandon Browner in this draft, you won’t find one strictly from the corner ranks if sampled from those who appeared at the NFL Scouting Combine. Browner stands 6’4″, Sherman 6’3″. The tallest corners at the combine measured exactly 6’2″. Those players were Tharold Simon and Jonathan Banks, two great players with a pretty fat chance of being 5th rounders.
So why not consider players who might have the potential for a position switch, like Sherman did during his career at Stanford? Pete was familiar with Sherman from his USC days as he tried to recruit Sherman as a corner, but lost out because Sherman coveted a Stanford education. Say, who’s another 6’3″ wide receiver with connections to Pete during his days at USC?
The Seahawks could be a possible landing spot for Butler because head coach Pete Carroll knows him well from when he recruited the receiver out of high school as the head coach at USC.
“That whole staff (in Seattle) is almost like my old staff, even down to the strength trainers,” said Butler, who transferred to SDSU for his final year last spring after graduating early from USC. “Coach Carroll knows my worth. He went al lthe way out to Atlanta to recruit me, so I know he has high expectations of me.”
Perhaps Carroll knows something everyone else doesn’t, because the Seahawks’ scout approached Butler on Tuesday with an interesting proposition.
“The Seahawks guy was talking about me playing a little DB, at corner,” Butler said.
The receiver was surprised, but he told Seattle that he wouldn’t be opposed to switching positions if they saw potential in him as a cornerback.
“Because if you’re going to make me change my position, you obviously think I can do it,” said Butler, who hasn’t played defensive back since his senior year of high school, when he was asked to come into a game on defense to cover the opponent’s standout receiver.
“Our guys couldn’t stop him, so they threw me in there for a little bit,” Butler said. “My senior year, I was like a pinch DB. If they really needed it, they put me in.
“But if teams wanted me to do it, I’ll call my dad and have him come train me wherever I’m at.”
After all, his father is former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Bobby Butler.
I think my favorite part of that passage was the tone of eagerness from Butler to rejoin Pete Carroll even if it meant never playing receiver again. That “can do” attitude will do him a lot of favors. It probably also helps that Butler clocked the forty at 4.36, a 6.6 in the 3-cone, and a 10’9″ broad jump while 26 NFL teams had representatives in attendance. That kind of athleticism at 6’3″ could vault him from the ranks of the undrafted all the way into- oh let’s just say- the 5th round.
Once again, tip o’ the cap to Scott for finding this.