One of the major concerns for the Chargers this off-season is linked to the lack of depth at inside linebacker. If you remember the 2010 draft, you will recall the name of this great draft prospect who never got to prove his worth last season.
With our 3rd round pick of last years draft, the Chargers decided to trade up 12 spots with San Fransisco to select a future franchise ILB. Donald Butler out of the University of Washington possessed all the right characteristics and put together an extremely productive college campaign after starting 2 seasons at linebacker for the Huskies.
In the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine Butler impressed scouts and teams with his strength when he put up 35 reps on the 225lb bench testing (5th best of all positions including linemen and 1st out of LB’s). Butler is a relentless player who has good field knowledge and has the potential to be a starting ILB for the Chargers in the future.
Unfortunately for both Donald and the Bolts, he suffered a season ending injury during fall camp and spent his entire rookie season on the Injured Reserve list. Coming into his second season, Butler looks to refresh his name into the coaching staffs mind and prove exactly why it is that they jumped up 12 spots in the 3rd round to snag him.
In 2011 look for #51 to be an extremely productive special teamer and potentially working his way into rotation at linebacker.