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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08/26/14 - CB Darrius Butler (ankle) did not practice Monday. Butler was hurt against New Orleans last Saturday night. He will most likely will be a game-time decision for Thursday's night's matchup with the Bengals. His status will be updated on Tuesday.
08/26/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) did not practice Monday or Tuesday. Butler was hurt in last week's preseason loss to New Orleans. His status for the Cincinnati game on Thursday night has not been determined.
08/25/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) was sidelined against the Saints. Butler did not require an X-ray and should be good to go to play at Cincinnati on Thursday night. He will probably be a game-time decision.
01/14/14 - CB Darius Butler (leg contusion) was injured against New England. He returned once and then and was sidelined for the remainder of the game. Butler is not expected to have to undergo surgery but a final decision has not been made.
01/02/14 - CB Darius Butler (quad) went through a full workout on Wednesday. He did not practice Tuesday. Butler is expected to be available for the Kansas City game on Saturday.