Penn State wideout, Derrick Williams, receives the lion’s share (no pun intended) of media attention. However, fellow wide receiver, Deon Butler, is a prospect worth keeping your eyes on. Butler will drop on many NFL team draft boards because he is slight of build (5’ 10”, 170 lbs) and does not possess great (4.44 Forty) speed. It is true that Butler does not have a body like Andre Johnson or Terrell Owens. And he cannot fly down the field like recent receivers selected in the 1st round (Ted Ginn, Jr. and Robert Meachem come to mind).
Deon Butler possesses outstanding body control that enables him to reach out and snare sideline passes, while tiptoeing to keep his feet in-bounds on sideline passes. He has reliable hands and is a crafty receiver that can spot the openings in a zone defense. The Nittany Lion is one of the greatest receivers in Penn State history. He may not have the physical attributes that leave NFL scouts drooling, but he has the skill-set to be a productive pro. There have been many skinny receivers who weighed less than 190 pounds and did not have exceptional speed (Drew Pearson (not drafted), Donald Driver (7th round) and Keenan McCardell (12th round), among others) who were still very productive in the NFL.
Deon Butler will not be a high draft choice, but I am following his development closely. He is a player who has the potential to outperform his draft status and provide real value to a team.