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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10/23/13 - CB Darius Butler continues to impress as the Colts' nickel back. He drew the assignment of trying to cover Broncos slot WR Wes Welker last Sunday night.
"He's got great ball skills, secondary coach Mike Gillhamer said. "He's very, very smart. He really studies a lot of film and he's just got a real good intellect for being back there and understanding zone concepts. He understands route concepts. He's done a really good job of that. We went back and we watched the New England game last year where (Welker) kind of got us. I think Darius took it as a challenge that he could get it done and he did."
10/22/13 - CB Darius Butler (calf) left the Denver game twice and then returned to finish the game. Butler is expected to be day-to-day.
10/21/13 - CB Darius Butler (calf) left the Denver game twice and then returned to finish the game. Butler is expected to be day-to-day.
10/18/13 - CB Darius Butler (groin) was full in practice Friday and listed as questionable. Butler is expected to play Sunday night against the Broncos.
10/16/13 - --CB Darius Butler (groin) saw limited work on Wednesday. Butler is expected to play Sunday night against the Broncos.