Three-year starter who played both tackle and end in 2016, making 31 tackles (7.5 for loss) with a team-high four sacks. Started eight games at defensive tackle as a junior in 2015, posting 18 tackles (seven for loss) and three sacks. Made nine starts at defensive end in 2014 with a career-high 35 tackles, adding 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and three pass breakups.
Tough, workman-like defender with physical limitations. Keeps his feet and hands active, attracts double-team blocks in the middle of the line and holds his ground. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, plays with solid pad level and slides laterally to get to the action. Fires through the open gaps of the offensive line to make plays in the backfield. Nicely redirects to ball handlers and wraps up tackling.
Average playing strength. Easily controlled by a single blocker as more of a first-step lineman. Marginal production on the college level.
Butler got the most from his ability at Vanderbilt but offers limited upside and may struggle getting out of camp this summer.