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Steelers select CB Crezdon Butler

April 24, 2010 By: Admin Category: Draft/Free Agency

With the 33rd pick in the fifth round (#164 overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Crezdon Butler , CB from Clemson.

At 6’0″, 185 lbs., Crezdon Butler is a tall cornerback.  In today’s NFL, it is always good to have a CB with the height to stay with some of the tall receivers that are now so common in the NFL.  Besides being tall, Butler has a 40″ vertical leap, so that will help him to challenge receivers for the ball.

Butler is not an accomplished cornerback.  He didn’t accumulate a lot of interceptions or honors in college.  But he did play for Clemson, so he is used to competing against some very good competition.

In college, Butler saw action in all 13 games as a freshman, and then became a starter as a sophomore and never gave up his starting role.  So he has a lot of playing experience.

Crezdon Butler

He is a decent athlete, and he is actually faster than some of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft like Joe Haden, Kareem Jackson, and Patrick Robinson.

He’s very good in press coverage, but he is going to have to bulk up at the next level, or he will get manhandled by some of the powerful receivers in the NFL like Anquan Boldin, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald, etc.

He has good football instincts, and seldom reads a play wrong.  He has good footwork, and excellent agility.  While he’s not a track star, he does have the speed to run with most receivers.  Moreover, he doesn’t hesitate to go up and challenge a receiver for the ball.

Go get the ball, rookie!!!

Despite his lack of bulk, he is still willing to tackle.  He won’t hesitate to take on a running back coming out of the backfield or a tight end.  This is going to be important if he is to have any chance of succeeding in Dick LeBeau’s system.  A corner who can’t provide run support is useless to LeBeau.

While Butler is an intelligent player who doesn’t make many mental mistakes, he is still going to need to be coached at the next level.  He has relied primarily on his athleticism, and he lacks good technique.  He’s going to need improvement on the bump and run.  His hand technique in redirecting receivers will need work.  Also, his backpedal is so bad that he is going to have to completely rebuild that aspect of his game.  But with proper coaching, he should be able to do it.  He has the football IQ and athleticism to succeed at the next level if he is willing to work hard.

Butler is not likely to win a starting position this year, but he is a tall, athletic cornerback who will add much needed depth at the position.  Ike Taylor is in the last year of his contract, so finding a potential replacement for him is going to be critical.  Both Butler and Keenan Lewis are tall cornerbacks who can guard some of the taller receivers that Ike covered so well for so many years.

Don’t expect to hear his name called this year.  But with hard work, he’s got the size and athleticism to compete for playing time next year.

To read about the Steelers’ other picks, click the name below:

Maurkice Pouncey - C, Florida

Jason Worilds - DE, VA Tech

Emmanuel Sanders - WR, SMU

Thaddeus Gibson - DE, Ohio State

Chris Scott - OT, Tennessee

Crezdon Butler - CB, Clemson

Stevenson Sylvester - LB, Utah

Jonathan Dwyer - RB, Georgia Tech

Antonio Brown - WR, Central Michigan

Doug Worthington - DT, Ohio State


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6 Comments to “Steelers select CB Crezdon Butler”

  1. Great write ups on all of these! You are working some serious OT! Thanks for putting an upbeat spin on this draft. I hope it proves out. I hate to be negative but this was a very puzzling 3 days. We definitely proved that the Steelers have their own “big board” (unlike anyone else’s) and we are firmly in the BAA camp when it comes to who we pick. Like the Pouncey pick a lot. Like some of the other players as players but we did go 9-7 last year and we DO have some glaring needs. As they say, it takes 3 years to grade a draft (In ’07 we drafted Timmons, Woodley, Spaeth, Sepulveda, McBean, Gay & Dallas Baker=3 keepers;2 question marks & 2 busts)If we get 5 contributors, I’m sure we would all be happy.

  2. Thanks John#21. The picks come so quickly that it is hard to keep up. Most sites just regurgitate the same stuff about the picks. But I try to give more information about the players, and explain how they will likely fit into the Steelers’ plans. It takes a little more time, but I think serious fans appreciate it.

  3. Though Butler has surely gone up against good talent this past year, he hasn’t gone up against a lot of SEC talent as Clemson is in the ACC, not the SEC.

  4. Oops! Good catch, Elise. Thanks. :-)

    Writing all of these pick reviews is getting to me.

  5. Butler is a good value here, but this pick still puzzles me. If Colbert didn’t trust his young guys, why did he gamble on the trade for McFadden working out? We’ve already got three promising youngsters to develop in Gay, Lewis, and Burnett. I can’t believe that a fourth CB prospect is a bigger need than DL. With McFadden to start next year, and time for our younger guys to hone their skills, I don’t see how you can justify this pick even with the upside Butler has.

  6. Just read all these while waiting for my car to get serviced! Can’t wait for the preseason to start! I want to take a look at some of these guys and see what they can do!

    Anyone else salivating at the thought of Dwyer bringing back memories of the Bus?


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