2015 NFL DRAFT
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Mario Butler

| | College: Georgia Tech
 
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Overview

Butler has been an outstanding cornerback for Georgia Tech. The NFL will likely want him to get stronger and improve his ability to shed blocks and make tackles against the run. A bright young man who gives his all on the field, Butler has the tools and the work ethic to develop into a quality starting corner in the NFL in most coverage schemes, but may never be a true "shutdown corner" at the next level.

Analysis

Positives: Smooth and fluid, can flip hips and change directions without losing speed, and looks natural in his backpedal. Provides tight man coverage without giving up a lot of separation. Durable three-year starter improved every year. Did a decent job against top competition, most recently against A.J. Green of Georgia. Effective in both man and zone schemes. Gives good effort against the run. Smart in the classroom - top intangibles.

Negatives: Thin build, can be easily blocked by receivers. Will have to get stronger to be effective in the NFL against the run. Didn't play a lot of "press man" coverage, likely because he doesn't hold up well to contact. While fluid and athletic, is not overly fast and may lack the true "sixth gear" speed for NFL man coverage assignments without deep help. Ball skills are decent but nothing special.

2010 Season

Played in all 13 games … 48 total tackles (33 solo) … 2 tackles for loss … 1 interception and 7 passes defended in 2010.

2009 Season

Enjoyed the best season of his career to date … started all 14 games … recorded 45 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and two interceptions … recorded five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up against Iowa in the FedEx Orange Bowl (Jan. 5) … recorded career-highs for tackles (8) and had 1.5 tackles for loss vs. Wake Forest (Nov. 7) … had four solo tackles and recorded his second interception of the season, his third career INT, at Mississippi State (Oct. 3) … recorded five solo tackles and a tackle for loss vs. North Carolina (Sept. 26) … had four solo tackles and six total tackles at Miami (Sept. 17) … recorded his second career interception when he picked off a Kyle Parker pass against Clemson (Sept. 10).

2008 Season

Improved week to week as a starter at cornerback … had 41 total tackles, including 33 solo tackles … had one interception, four pass break-ups and 3.5 tackles-for-loss … recorded five tackles and a pass break-up vs. LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Dec. 31) … registered three tackles and a pass break-up at 13th-ranked Georgia (Nov. 29) … had three solo tackles in the win over No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20) … recorded three tackles, two solo tackles and broke up a pass at North Carolina (Nov. 8) … broke up a pass, had five tackles and four solo tackles in the win over Florida State (Nov. 1).. recorded three tackles and a tackle-for-loss at Clemson (Oct. 18) … had two tackles-for-loss and four solo tackles vs. Duke (Oct. 4) … recorded four solo tackles vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20) … had three tackles, including two solo tackles and a half tackle-for-loss at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13) … recorded his first career interception at Boston College (Sept. 6) … an athletic player with good speed and agility.

2007 Season

Played in all 12 regular season games … credited with three tackles on the season -- all solo tackles … made a career-high three unassisted tackles in the Samford game (Sept. 8).

High School

Rated the No. 62 prospect in Florida by Scout.com . . . Also among the Florida Top 100 by Rivals (No. 76) and SuperPrep (No. 73) . . . Ranked No. 34 nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals . . . Tabbed to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 in Florida . . . PrepStar all-region selection . . . Named to the Florida Times-Union Super 24 . . . Coached by Craig Howard at Nease High School . . . Helped his team reach the Class 4-A state title game.

Personal

Full name is Mario Antoine Butler … Born October 20, 1988 … Son of Lisa Lockwood and the late Jeffrey Butler … Majoring in management.

 
 
Latest News
03/15/2011 - Georgia Tech Pro day: With representatives from 15 teams, the event took place indoors, on a fast surface. CB Mario Butler (6 5/8, 184) posted a 4.56 and 4.59 40 to go with a 4.49 short shuttle. He also had a 33 1/2 vertical and 10-5 broad, while standing on his other combine numbers. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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