Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: UConn CB Darius Butler might be a steal as the 41st overall pick. He established himself as the top cornerback in the Big East Conference and also served a dual-role on special teams, which could keep him in the mix when final cuts are made in July. Butler finished with the 10th most return yards in school history and also displayed a nose for the end zone, becoming the first player in conference history to record a touchdown on a kick return, an interception return, a reception and a rushing play. A closer look at the Patriots' picks: 2/41 -- Darius Butler, CB, 5-10, 183, Connecticut...Butler isn't the tallest corner in the world at 5-10, but his ability to perform on special teams may help the Patriots absorb the loss of Ellis Hobbs, who they traded to the Eagles in exchange for two fifth-round picks. The Patriots had back-to-back picks here in the second round and used them to sew up the front and back lines on defense. Butler is a ballhawk with exceptional speed and could be perfect in a slot defender role against elusive receivers underneath. He needs to play a role in the kick-return game to earn his playing time. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/01/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip) had limited practice time on Thursday. Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky thinks that Butler has a chance to play against Jacksonville on Sunday. Butler has been sidelined since the opening game at Buffalo. A final decision is not expected until Sunday.
09/30/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip) saw limited work during Wednesday's practice session. Butler has not played since he was hurt against Buffalo in the season opener. His status for this week's home game with Jacksonville won't be determined until Friday.
09/29/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip) may be cleared to return to practice this week. Butler was injured in the Colts' season opening loss to Buffalo. He did not play against the Jets last week or Tennessee on Sunday. It's hoped that he will be given the green light to play this week against Jacksonville.
09/24/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip) has not practiced all week. Butler is not expected to be available for Sunday's game at Tennessee. He was hurt in the first half of the Buffalo game in the season opener two weeks ago.
09/22/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip) sat out the Jets game as a pregame inactive. He was hurt against Buffalo. Butler remains on a day-to-day basis in terms of practice and being able to play in a game. His availability for the Tennessee game is yet to be decided.