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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03/17/17 - DB Darius Butler agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts plan to move Butler to safety this season, and his deal has a base salary of $3 million with a maximum of $4.5 million possible through incentives and escalators, the Indianapolis Star reported. The 5-10, 188-pound Butler, who will turn 31 on Saturday, split time last season between cornerback and safety because of injuries. Butler, now entering his sixth season in Indianapolis, led the Colts in interceptions in three of his five seasons, including in 2016 when he had three. He has also played for the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots in his eight NFL seasons, recording 15 career interceptions.
12/29/16 - CB Darius Butler (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol. He did not practice Wednesday. His status will be updated after Friday's workout.
12/26/16 - CB Darius Butler (concussion) was hurt in the second half of the game against Oakland last Saturday and did not return. Butler is now in the league's concussion protocol. His status for the Jacksonville game won't be determined until Friday.
11/09/16 - CB Darius Butler played safety for part of the Packers' game last week. Butler was pressed into service at safety due to loss of Mike Adams to injury. Defensive coordinator Ted Monachino says that the Colts will explore other ways to use Butler on defense.
10/19/16 - CB Darius Butler (calf/hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Butler is expected to be available for the Tennessee game.