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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12/31/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip/knee) was limited in Thursday's workout. Butler did not participate in Wednesday's workout. He is expected to play Sunday against Tennessee but will probably be a game-day decision.
12/30/15 - CB Darius Butler (hip/knee) did not participate in Wednesday's workout. Butler remains as the Colts' best slot nickel defensive back. He is expected to play Sunday against Tennessee, but his practice time this week may be limited.
11/05/15 - CB Darius Butler (foot) saw full work on Thursday. Butler sat out Wednesday's light practice. He tweaked his foot during last week's game at Carolina. Butler should be good to go for Sunday's home game with Denver.
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.