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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10/23/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) fully practiced Thursday. He saw light work on Wednesday. Butler, who has missed the last two games, may be cleared to play Sunday at Pittsburgh.
10/22/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) was able to resume limited practice on Wednesday. Butler has missed the last two games. While a final determination on his availability for the Pittsburgh game won't be made until the end of the week, Jones may be given the green light to ply against the Steelers.
10/20/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) missed the past two games. Butler has not practiced since he was initially hurt. It is hoped that he will be able to practice at some point this week as the Colts prepare to play at Pittsburgh.
10/16/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. His status remains day-to-day. Butler will most likely be a game-time decision. He has been sidelined for the past two games.
10/15/14 - CB Darius Butler (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Butler was sidelined for the past two games. His availability for Sunday's game with Cincinnati won't be decided until the end of the week.