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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10/27/17 - S Darius Butler (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday. He did not practice Wednesday. Butler is listed as day-to-day.
10/25/17 - S Darius Butler (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Butler is listed as day-to-day. Butler's availability for the Bengals game won't be decided until the end of the week.
09/18/17 - S Darius Butler (hamstring) did not practice last week and did not play against Arizona. No decision has been made yet on his potential return to the starting lineup this week against Cleveland.
He might be allowed to see limited practice this week. Butler is in his first season as a safety after being a nickel cornerback at the beginning of his NFL career.
09/17/17 - FS Darius Butler (hamstring) was out Sunday. Malik Hooker started in his place.
09/14/17 - S Darius Butler (hamstring) was held out of workouts Wednesday and Thursday. Butler will most likely be a game-time decision.